Community Organizer-In-Chief Greeted By Riots In Brazil – Daily Mail
Barack Obama’s visit to Brazil had a very unpromising start after police had to quell riots against the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro with rubber bullets and tear gas.
The U.S. President landed in the capital of Brasilia with his wife and daughters, visiting the country on a mission to re-assert trade links with Latin America.
But the day before he landed Brazilian military police fired on 300 demonstrators who had gathered outside the U.S. Consulate in Rio.
Police cracked down on the crowd after protesters hurled a Molotov cocktail at the consulate door, the O Globo newspaper reported on its website.
‘I was in the centre of the protest when people began to run and I heard shots,’ said AFP photographer Vanderlei Almeida.
‘I had to get out of there because it was hard to breathe.’
The photographer said he was struck by two rubber bullets in the leg and the stomach.
Mr Obama’s visit to the region’s economic powerhouse is the centrepiece of his effort to re-engage with neighbours no longer content with being relegated to Washington’s ‘backyard’ and where the United States faces rising competition from China.
But after the riots he was forced to cancel an outdoor speech that he was set to give in a Rio square.
After Air Force One touched down at 7.31am local time, the president, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha headed to their hotel before the president held morning talks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
As Brazilian troops dressed in ceremonial garb formed an honor guard, Obama walked up the futuristic ramp of the Palácio do Planalto, the presidential office building, where Rousseff greeted him with a hearty handshake.
While more regional themes will be touched on when the president visits other South American nations, the focus in Brazil – the seventh largest economy in the world – was on forging a political and economic relationship for the future.
Mr Obama said: ‘Put simply, the United States doesn’t simply recognise Brazil’s rise, we support it enthusiastically. I believe we’ve laid the foundation for greater cooperation between the United States and Brazil for decades to come.’
While President Rousseff agreed, she said any true alliance between the two countries would have to be ‘amongst equals’.
Mr Obama decided to stick with his five-day itinerary, which will also take him to Chile and El Salvador and is pitched as a push for U.S. exports and jobs, despite an array of international troubles that may overshadow his travels.
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