A first hand account of last nights events was reported to Revolution News by a protester who was on the bridge with his girlfriend taking part in the protest march.
The Terceira Ponte Bridge is the main connection with Vitória and Vila Velha, and was the site for the protest march, because it is where people have paid tolls to cross for more than 20 years.
Yesterday the protest started in Vitória and Vila Velha, people from Vitória were marching by the city until they got to the Bridge and people from Vila Velha were coming from the opposite direction to the Bridge to Vitória, and both marches joined together.
People stayed there singing and screaming many things until a small group wanted to start venting anger and destroying the toll booths.
A few minutes after they started, the police/BME cut the public lights on the bridge and started to “rain tear gas” on the crowd and shooting at people with rubber bullets.
Scenes from the initial tear gas attack at people on the bridge.
Video from the end of the toll bridge.
Next Video is later in the evening.
When military police deal with protesters at a gas station after the attack of BME on the third bridge to disperse the protest.
As the pictures show, one of the members of the research group Labic. Ufes and Ninja developer have camera’s, which are public equipment. UFES camera was retained by the police that then scour and erased some of the final scenes.
Shortly after, another researcher (who accompanied and made part of these images) was attacked, knocked down on the floor and had their video equipment seized. Luckily most of the files were recovered.
Jenny Baker, Editor Revolution News.