Brazil: Standoff between striking police, soldiers

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Posted: Feb 06, 2012 12:23 PM
Brazil: Standoff between striking police, soldiers

Striking state police and their supporters have clashed with Brazilian soldiers outside the state legislature in the northeastern city of Salvador.

Troops surrounded the building Monday as the strike that has paralyzed the city moved into its sixth day. Brazilian television broadcast images of soldiers firing rubber bullets and charging crowds as they tried to enter the building, where strikers are holed up.

The strike has thrown a pall over preparations for Carnival in Brazil's third largest city, unleashing a rash of looting and a spike in the murder rate.