Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers after violence

March 1, 2015 8:53 PM

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Brazil cracks down on protesting truckers after violence

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian police arrested protesters and sent in backup troops to control striking truckers on Sunday after demonstrations turned violent and slowed food deliveries in Latin America's largest economy.

Authorities in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul detained at least eight people on Sunday and sent riot police to some areas, reducing the number of blockades there from 25 Saturday night to three by Sunday afternoon, the local highway police said. More police were arriving from other states.

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