BRAZIL: Rough Stuff

Outside the offices of Rio's Communist Tribune-Popular, the pavement was white with paper, littered with broken desks, smashed typewriters. Just three and a half hours after the Brazilian Foreign Office announced the diplomatic break with Russia, a slug-happy gang of rowdies had broken into the Tribunals plant. They whanged sledge hammers against the presses, later smashed up the editorial offices. Though the press room is only about 300 yards from Rio's central police station, the wreckers had the place to themselves for two hours. When a squad of military police showed up, the cops did nothing but stand and...

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