Protest by striking teachers turns violent in Rio

Masked demonstrators broke storefront windows and hurled petrol bombs in Rio de Janeiro last night after a protest by striking teachers turned violent.

A protester hurls a petrol bomb at the gates of the Municipal Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The protest started out peacefully with at least 10,000 demonstrators occupying one of Rio's major downtown boulevards.

A protesters throws a missile amid clouds of smoke in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Teachers have been on strike for better pay, but protesters were also angry at what they see as excessive use of police force on demonstrating teachers a week ago.

A bus burns after it was set on fire during demonstrations in the capital Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes