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UPDATED: 11:16, June 08, 2006
Over 500 protestors detained for ransacking Congress building in Brazil
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Brazilian police on Wednesday detained 545 protestors from the Movement for the Liberation of the Landless (MLST) for occupying and ransacking the building of House of Representatives in Brasilia on Tuesday.

The demonstrators, who demanded more funds and legislative reform to accelerate agrarian reform, threw objects and broke a glass entrance to the building with sticks and other make-shift weapons.

Some protestors on Tuesday smashed glass doors, computer hardware and furniture, and attacked staff.

The MLST movement was born in August 1997. Its heartland is in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, but it also has members in Goias, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Maranhao.

Source: Xinhua

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