Brazil: Police deploy tear gas as lawmakers free arrested colleagues

Police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters in Rio de Janeiro on Friday after the state legislature voted to release three of their Brazilian colleagues from prison after a federal court arrested them on charges of corruption. The decision to release the lawmakers infuriated residents as the state is in the midst of a fiscal crisis just a year after hosting the 2016 Olympics. A major... Еще cause of the crisis has been widespread government corruption that has depleted state coffers and hurt confidence. While legislators were discussing the issue, outside police shot tear gas at protesters who tried to go beyond barriers around the building. Legislators voted 39-19 to revoke prison orders for Jorge Picciani, the body's president, along with Paulo Melo and Edson Albertassi. The three were jailed on Thursday. A federal court ordered the arrest amid an investigation into corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.

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