COPACABANA, A MILLION PEOPLE AND A POPE

COPACABANA, A MILLION PEOPLE AND A POPE

Right now #Pope #Francis on Copacabana #Rio with an estimated 1 million people present. Here is my photo from afar

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Alternative view of Pope Francis’s first day in Brazil

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While most of the other members of the media were focused on the movements of the Pope mobile, it was my duty this evening to cover some of the not so conventional events that marked the arrival of the pontiff back to his native Latin America.

Protests broke out in the surroundings of the Presidential Palace as Pope Francis  met President Dilma Rousseff. The protests and ensuing violence got quite worrying as police reacted to demonstrators who tried to break the police cordon and immediately shot rounds of rubber bullets, which in turn a certain section of the protestors responded with molotov cocktails and the whole scene was enveloped in tear gas, fires, smoke and explosions. I have to admit I was quite shocked by the indiscriminate (it seemed to me at least) way in which the defence forces shot into the crowds

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