Scores held after Sao Paulo unrest

AFP-JIJI

Protesters went on a rampage in Brazil’s largest city Friday, smashing windows and teller machines and battling riot police in a fresh bout of violence blamed on the “Black Bloc” anarchist group.

Sao Paulo police fired tear gas and arrested 92 people during the disturbances, which began as a peaceful march to demand free public transportation for students. The anarchists have been a disruptive factor in a wave of protests that have hit Brazil since June.

Sao Paulo’s military police said a police colonel was mobbed and beaten by a group of “criminals disguised as protesters” who stole his pistol and radio.