Rio de Janeiro's state military policemen stand in position during a violent protest in a favela next to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014
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Brazil protesters in Rio clashes over dancer's death

Violent protests have broken out in Rio de Janeiro following the death of a young person allegedly beaten by police.

It is believed the dead man was a dancer, who was reportedly mistaken for a drug trafficker.

Main streets through the tourist area of Copacabana were closed as angry demonstrators from a nearby favela set barricades of tyres alight.

Wyre Davies reports.

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