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Protesters invade Rio de Janeiro city hall

A worker, center left, tries to remove protesters after they invaded the city council building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 31, 2013. The clashes came towards the end of an anti-government march by protesters who focused their anger on Rio state governor Sergio Cabral. Felipe Dana / AP
An injured policeman is helped during clashes with demonstrators. Antonio Lacerda / EPA
<p>Anti-government demonstrators briefly invaded the city council building in Rio de Janeiro in the latest in a wave of protests that have hit Brazil.</p> <p>Police say they repelled about 50 protesters who gained access to the council building in central Rio via a side door.</p> <p>TV images showed protesters scattering outside the building after police used tear gas and pepper spray.</p> <p> <a href="http://slideshow.nbcnews.com/slideshow/news/brazil-unrest-52264834/" target="_blank">Nationwide anti-government protests started in Brazil in June</a>. Complaints target poor public services in the face of citizens' heavy tax burden. <em><a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52637734" target="_blank">Read the full story</a></em>.</p>
A man shouts during a protest in front of the Public Ministry building in Rio de Janeiro. The protesters' demands include better healthcare and the resignation of state governor Sergio Cabral. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images
A policeman clashes with anti-government demonstrators as they try to occupy Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Chamber. Lucas Landau / Reuters
Demonstrators march in front of the Public Ministry building in Rio de Janeiro. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images
Protesters gather during a demonstration in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP - Getty Images