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Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

Thursday - 4/24/2014, 9:26pm  ET

A woman shouts at police officers as residents of Pavao-Pavaozinho slum clash with riot police during a protest against the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira after his burial in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The protest followed the burial of Douglas Pereira, whose shooting death sparked clashes Tuesday night between police and residents of the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.

Several hundred people have taken to the main thoroughfare of the much-transited neighborhood in Thursday's protest. It appeared to be largely peaceful, despite reports of an initial scuffle between demonstrators and police.

The protest followed the burial of a young man, Douglas Pereira, whose shooting death sparked clashes Tuesday between police and residents of the Pavao-Pavaozinho "favela" slum.

Rio state's top security official has acknowledged Pereira may have been shot by police.

The slum is sandwiched between two of Rio's highest-rent neighborhoods and just a few hundred meters from a key venue for the 2016 Olympics. Another young man was killed in the conflict.


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