Video shows Military Police attacking subway workers on strike in São Paulo

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Video shows workers in peaceful resistance act being attacked by the Military Police. (Video: Thiago Stone/Fotógrafos Ativistas)
Military Policeman search for workers inside the station (Photo: Thiago Stone/Fotógrafos Ativistas)
Workers on strike in peaceful resistance act before Military Police attack (Photo: Thiago Stone/Fotógrafos Ativistas)
Tear gas bombs and rubber bullets were used against workers at Ana Rosa Station (Photo: Thiago Stone/Fotógrafos Ativistas)

SÃO PAULO - Subway workers were attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas bombs in Ana Rosa Station last night. Workers on strike were gathering to block station entrance in the south zone of the city, while other groups were organizing resistance acts in at least four other stations: Brás, Jabaquara, Itaquera, Capão Redondo and Tamanduateí.

The strike affected over 4,6 million subway users in São Paulo this thursday, less than a week before the start of FIFA World Cup. Despite the violent state reaction, the strike is legitimate based on the Brazilian legislation, and was started by the Subway Workers Union supported by the vast majority of union members.

The workers tried to negotiate in favor of their Rights with no impacts on commuters, but the State Transportation Secretary did not accept Union's proposals. Subway workers offered to leave turnstiles open, in a way of keep their strike without affecting commuters: “This could be an alternative", proposed Union's President Altino de Melo Prazeres Júnior. State Governor Geraldo Alckmin, responsible for the subway administration, declared the movement is "political and senseless", as the police forces under his command is using violence to stop the workers plea.

At least one worker was arrested. The subway workers strike has no date to end so far.

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