Image: Anti-riot police take positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sebastiao Moreira  /  EPA
Anti-riot state troopers take up positions on a main street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday to contain a demonstration by striking police investigators.
updated 10/17/2008 5:00:05 AM ET 2008-10-17T09:00:05

Striking police investigators in Sao Paulo clashed violently with state troopers deployed to contain their protest march on Thursday.

Brazilian television news showed the melee between hundreds of state police in riot gear and the plainclothes investigators after the protesters tried to break through a barrier protecting the state government palace.

Officers fired shots, tear gas and shock bombs.

At least 13 injured
The Albert Einstein Hospital, located a few blocks from the government palace, said in a statement it treated 13 people who were injured in the clash, none seriously. It did not say whether they were state police officers or investigators.

Brazilian states have two separate law enforcement groups — a uniformed police force in charge of maintaining public order, and the so-called civil police who are plainclothes investigators. In some cities there are also municipal guards in charge of protecting public property.

Investigators in Sao Paulo state have been striking for a month to demand better pay.

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