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Commuters Riot Over Train Delay

May 28, 1988|Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Commuters set fire to one train, threw rocks at another and damaged three stations Friday after mechanical failures delayed service, a railroad official said.

Hundreds of riot troopers took about four hours to disperse the angry commuters. Two policemen were slightly injured, and no one was arrested, the Sao Paulo state police said.

Nine railroad cars of one train were destroyed by fire, and the same number of cars of another train were damaged by rocks thrown by the mobs, a railroad spokeswoman reported.

She said at least 1,000 commuters to Sao Paulo were in the three stations, but she had no estimates on how many joined the rock-throwing mobs.

About 400,000 mainly low-income workers use the commuter service daily.

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