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Turmoil in Brazil after general strike

Brazil has erupted with violence after the end of its first general strike in the country for more than 20 years.

Reports say many people stayed at home and shops, schools and banks remained closed across the country for most of the day as the strike had been largely peaceful.

But things went berserk at night after unions called the strike in protest at proposed pension reforms with the burning of buses and cars in Rio de Janeiro’s city centre.

Road blocks set up by activists were also set ablaze and shops were vandalised too.

President Michel Temer said he regretted the incidents in Rio. But he stressed that he would continue his “efforts to modernise the country”.

Brazilian workers and the government are working together, he said, to get the country out of “the worst recession in its history.”

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