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Rio carnival: Samba school wins with anti-corruption message

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Media captionBeija Flor's winning performance took a sinister turn

This year's Rio Carnival has been won with a lurid attack on social ills and corruption in Brazil.

The Beija Flor school showed the country with a huge rat in charge, while politicians were seen holding briefcases lined with gold.

Beija Flor beat 12 other schools to win the top prize at the carnival for a 14th time. Preparations for the parade begin months in advance.

Entrants in the competition often adopt a political theme.

The second-placed school also criticised Brazilian leaders in their entry, depicting President Michel Temer as a vampire.

A corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras has led to the arrest of dozens of politicians and executives during years of investigation in Brazil and elsewhere.

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Image caption Beija Flor focussed its anger on the state oil company Petrobras and the misuse of the country's oil wealth
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Image caption The performance showed scenes of the growing violence in Brazil's favelas
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Image caption Kidnappings, the shooting of policemen and a child's body in a coffin were shown this year
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Image caption The capital Brasilia was shown seated on top of prison cells filled with inmates - described as universities of crime
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Image caption Government officials were depicted as wolves in sheep's clothing with golden suitcases of money

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