Cyclists mown down in Brazil
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Brazil cyclists lucky escape as car ploughs through

A car has ploughed through cyclists staging a demonstration in Porto Alegre, hitting at least 20 people.

The incident happened on Friday, when riders in the town were taking part in their monthly protest against the number of cars on Brazil's roads.

Of those hurt, nine needed hospital treatment. All were later discharged.

The driver, 47-year-old Ricardo Neis, alleges that he and his 15-year-old son felt threatened when protesters began to hit and kick his car.

  • 28 Feb 2011