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Riots in Rio after civilian shot dead by military

RIOTS took place in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night after a civilian was shot in a military operation, with human rights organisations calling for an end to the killings.

A man was shot dead after he allegedly refused to stop his motorbike at a military roadblock in the north of the city, according to an army report.

His death sparked riots in Villa Militar, with buses torched and clashes with Brazilian security services.

Rio has been under military control since February after President Michel Temer’s right-wing coup administration ordered the army to move in to supposedly curb violence.

However, human rights groups and charities say that more than 200 civilians have been killed between February 16 and April 15, with two left-wing politicians among the dead, including activist Marielle Franco.

Mr Temer has been accused of targeting the poor and Brazil’s black community, with ousted former President Dilma Rouseff saying the military intervention was designed to create an enemy.

“In Brazil’s case, it is poor black people who live in periphery neighbourhoods … It’s not white people who live in Ipanema nor in Leblon,” she said.

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