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Police attack journalists at marijuana legalization rally in Brazil



The Brazilian police used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets against protesters and journalists covering a May 21 march in São Paulo in favor of marijuana legalization and freedom of expression, iG reports.

A city court said that the “Marijuana March” was not legal, inspiring protesters to demonstrate for freedom of expression as well, Terra explains.

Folha de São Paulo reports that TV Folha reporter Felix Lima was pepper sprayed in the face and had his equipment damaged by the police, even though he was wearing his press credential.

Journalist Pedro Nogueira, one of the organizers of the rally, said the actions constituted police abuse, Estado de S. Paulo adds. The city’s urban security department said that all allegations of police excesses would be passed on to internal affairs.



3 comments

 
Shivam wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

It was a great mess, lots of

It was a great mess, lots of people got hurt. Even today I feel that what hapened that day was not good. Everyone has the right to speak and express, but that dont implies that law should take such strict action against people.

 
Guest wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Brazil is Disney Land compared to the USA on marijuana.

Oh my, some pepper spray was used at a marijuana protest you say. Try a 20 year old man in Texas facing life in prison for half an ounce of medical hashish in Texas. How about the man with Leukemia who was growing some marijuana to cure his leukemia. He said but its working as they destroyed his medicine and threw him in jail to die. Check out these stories and a bunch of others at www.marijuanaplanet.us It is time to end the maddness that makes people criminals for the possession of a plant. Only an evil insane Government would do that. Yet here in the USA we make 1,000,000 new marijuana criminal every year and we are responsible for it being illegal globally as well. Hey its a plant given by god. Wake up.

 
josie Kirk wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

What happened to freedom of speech?

Again marijuana users been persecuted for their beliefs, when will this world stand up and take note of the properties of cannabis like they allow alcohol which has no decent use whatsoever!

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