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Police: Brazil protesters beat up officer

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October 26, 2013 11:18 PM EST | AP


SAO PAULO (AP) — Law enforcement officials say protesters beat up a police colonel and stole his service pistol and radio during a Friday night demonstration demanding lower public transportation fares in Brazil's largest city.

The Sao Paulo state police department said in a statement posted Saturday on its website that the demonstration turned violent when so-called Black Bloc anarchists shattered store windows and destroyed ATM machines, turnstiles and other installations at one of the city's biggest bus terminals.

The statement said about a dozen protesters attacked Col. Reynaldo Rossi, knocked him to the ground and broke his collarbone.

Police have not recovered Rossi's .40-caliber pistol or his radio.

Anger over the cost of poor public transportation services has helped fuel massive protests that have hit several cities since June.