Rubber Bullets Fly at Anti-Obama Protest in Rio

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Less than 48 hours before U.S. President Barack Obama & family arrive in Brazil, a Molotov cocktail was launched in front of the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro late Friday in protest of his arrival, this according to the newspaper O Globo.

Military police reacted by firing rubber bullets into the gathering of 200 carrying American flags that said “Go Home Obama” at around 18:30 local time. A CBN news reporter suffered a minor injury from the shots and traffic was blocked.

According to protestor Thiago Hastenheiter, “They came after us with clubs and tear gas and attacked. They chased us through the streets and started firing rounds of rubber bullets.”

Police major Fabio Alessandro of the 13th Batallion of Rio’s military police said that the protestors, all left leaning social movements associated with the Socialist Workers Party, PSTU, did not have a permit to protest near the consulate along Avenida Rio Branco and had refused to disperse from the area. Most of the protests had been peaceful until two home-made Molotov cocktails were thrown in the direction of the Consulate. A guard at the Consulate was partially burned and was sent to the emergency room at Souza Aguiar Hospital.

Watch video of the protest HERE.

The Socialist Workers Party, or PSTU, plan addition anti-Obama protests in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte cities around 19:00 local time. More were planned for Saturday morning in the nation’s capital, Brasilia, and a final protest was being organized by PSTU adherents for Sunday morning.

Anti-Obama sentiment is linked to concerns of a possible U.S. attack on Libya despite a cease fire call by Qaddafi and concerns that Obama wants Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvafrom to sell Brazil’s newfound oil to America. One of the world’s largest deep sea oil discoveries was made by Brazilian oil company Petrobras in the so called Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin off the coast of Rio back in November of 2007.

The U.S. is interested in importing oil from Petrobras, and Obama has said as much. But the U.S. has no powers over Petrobras, which is owned by the Brazilian government and is committed to servicing Brazilian oil needs first.

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13 Responses to Rubber Bullets Fly at Anti-Obama Protest in Rio

  1. Brigadoon says:

    But if you read the American media and the White House propaganda machine, you would believe the U.S. president is seen as the second coming of Christ throughout the world? It’s only in America that Obama is ridiculed and admonished for failing to deal with the mortgage mess, high unemployment and record gas prices?

  2. Brigadoon,

    WH Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama’s trip down to Rio was all about economic ties between the USA and Brazil.

    Who knew the trip was all about oil? I guess none of us should be surprised?

  3. Woodcliffe says:

    Nothing seems to sour relations between the U.S. and other nations quite as effectively as oil. In fact, throughout much the 20th and now, 21st centuries, oil is at the root of wars and conflicts. Looks at Iraq. Who can forget Cheney saying Iraq’s oil would fund the U.S. invasion to overthrow Saddam? Well, that sure went swimmingly, didn’t it? So now we want Brazil’s oil.

    I wonder how long until we invade Rio with our military?

  4. R.J. says:

    So when does President Pootie Tang break bread with Hugo Chavez?

  5. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    So when does President Pootie Tang break bread with Hugo Chavez?

    If Chavez promises him an award, I’m sure Obama will be there.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t this the first trip abroad for Obama where he isn’t welcomed like Gandhi?

  6. D@vid says:

    If we invade the beaches of Rio… I have a fantastic red speedo I can wear….

  7. Mets Fan says:

    Saint ‘Bama no mo.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    This President will never be schmoozing with Chavez. You must remember that Chavez, whatever his other faults are, is a for-real Socialist-hemlock to a right wing tool like the President.

  9. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    This ain’t nothing like the protests underway in the USA against Obama’s decision to lob 112 Tomhawks missiles at Libya.

    Our local Phoenix affiliate showed people protesting in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and in New York City.

    Wait till the Democratic National Convention begins in 2012 in anti-union North Carolina. Obama will be greeted like Saddam Hussein.

  10. Burberry tie says:

    So when does President Pootie Tang break bread with Hugo Chavez?

  11. libhomo says:

    So much for Barack Bush improving our image abroad.

  12. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The US needs an energy policy that ends dependence on foreign nations.

    In the short term, this means finding our own oil on American land. In the long term, it means finding viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Neither path will be easy or cheap but if the US is going to survive, it must happen.

    For all of President Obama’s pretty green talk, he’s proven himself not the leader to do either. Our focus should be on private industry to lead this country toward energy independence.

  13. feminazi says:

    With the fall of each autocratic, Arab dictator, the price of gas climbs and the prices get passed along to everyone from taxi drivers, to grocery stores and restaurants. I drive a small, Japanese sedan which I maintain meticulously and I get 35 miles a gallon. But the prices for gas are so high now that I now try to combine a trip to the market with a doctor visit and I rarely travel now. It’s become a painful choice.

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