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Rio anti-police violence demo

3:04pm JST - 01:36

U.S. Black Lives Matter delegates join a massacre memorial vigil in Rio to protest Brazilian police violence ahead of the Olympics. Paul Chapman reports.

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From a distance Rio de Janeiro looks like the gleaming, welcoming Olympic host city Brazil's government wanted it to be. On the ground these activists against police brutality say it's a different story. This gathering on Saturday was held to mark the anniversary of the massacre of eight street youngsters outside a church. The killers were mostly police officers, only two of whom were ever convicted. The event this time was joined by representatives of the U.S. Black Lives Matter movement. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DAUNASIA YANCEY, BLACK LIVES MATTER REPRESENTATIVE, SAYING: "The most important thing we can do is build together, is mobilise our people, is spread the word, is share the stories of these young men and women who've been killed by the police." Elizabeth Martin's nephew was among the victims of police shootings when he lived in Brazil in 2007. Martin, also a Black Lives Matter activist in the U.S. says the number of deaths at the hands of Brazilian police have risen in the run up to major sporting events. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ELIZABETH MARTIN, BLACK LIVES MATTER REPRESENTATIVE WHOSE NEPHEW WAS KILLED BY BRAZILIAN POLICE, SAYING: "By the government's own data police have been killing more people as part of their Olympic preparations." An Amnesty International report last year found nearly 16 per cent of all homicides reported in Rio in the last five years were down to off-duty police officers. The report also said the majority of victims of police killings between 2010 and 2013 were young black men aged 15 to 29.

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Rio anti-police violence demo

3:04pm JST - 01:36