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Rio de Janeiro residents protest police killings

February 11, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum have burned a bus and some equipment being used to build a cross-town bus rapid transit line as part of Brazil’s World Cup preparations.

The protest early Tuesday broke out in response to the police killing of two young men from the slum in western Rio. Police say the pair were suspected of robbery and were fleeing from officers when shot.

Police say they’re investigating.

But enraged slum residents say it was a case of mistaken identity and that the two were innocent. About three dozen people blocked traffic on a nearby avenue while others invaded the work site housing machinery for construction of the bus lanes.

Police broke up the protest about four hours after it began.

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