(SOURCE) Deadly protests broke out in a slum near Brazil’s Copacabana beach after police and protesters clashed over the death of a professional dancer on Tuesday night.
One person was reported dead in the shootout in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela and a 12-year-old boy was injured in the protest, according to local media.
The slum was placed under lockdown as protesters set barricades of tyres and cars alight. Several streets were blocked as police struggled to contain the protest.
The unrest began after the body of professional dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pareira was found dead on Tuesday morning. Residents blamed the police for the death, accusing authorities of mistaking the television dancer for a drug trafficker.
Rio de Janeiro’s State Security Secretariat said his death is being investigated, but his injuries appear to be consistent with a fall, according to Rio authorities.