Protests mark Brazil's Lula swearing-in, judge tries to block appointment

March 17, 2016 6:38 PM

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BRASILIA Leftist former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff on Thursday amid a deepening crisis in Brazil as protests against his appointment continued for a second day and a judge sought to block the move.

Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who clashed with Lula's supporters outside the futuristic presidential palace in the capital Brasilia before his swearing-in.

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