Several thousand mourners brought traffic to a halt in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on Wednesday (31 October) as they marched behind the coffin of a worker shot dead in a clash with military police on Tuesday (30 October).
GV Crowds with banners in front of Sao Paulo Cathedral ZOOM INTO SV Santos Dias Da Silva's coffin being carried in (3 shots)
SV Priest outside church with demonstrators and coffin being brought out of Church (2 shots)
SV Weeping woman in procession behind coffin
SV/GV Coffin being carried through streets by demonstrators (4 shots)
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Background: Several thousand mourners brought traffic to a halt in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on Wednesday (31 October) as they marched behind the coffin of a worker shot dead in a clash with military police on Tuesday (30 October). The violent incident occurred on the second day of a strike by ??? of the city's metal workers who were protesting over low wages. ??? a hundred metal workers were arrested on charges of disrupting order and ??? pickets. The strike was declared illegal by Labour Minister ??? which ??? can face dismissal without pay.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds with banners calling for vengeance for the death of Santos Dias Da Silva, gathered outside Sao Paulo's Cathedral on Wednesday (31 October). Mr. Da Silva was killed when police tried to break up a picket line outside an engineering factory. As the service took place there were conflicting reports as to how many metal workers were still on strike.
The funeral service was attended by clergy who champion workers' rights. In his sermon Archbishop Arns condemned the existence of what he called "one law for employers and another for workers" and called Da Silva's death, murder.
Uniformed police, who normally patrol the area were scarce as emotions ran high and some mourners shouted "down with the dictatorship". Inflation in Brazil continues to rise and there have recently been several confrontations between police and strikers.
As the funeral procession wound its way through the streets of Sao Paulo's city centre, office workers applauded and showered the ??? with shredded paper. On Wednesday (31 October) union leaders said 160,000 of the city's 400,000 metal workers continued to stay away from their jobs, but government labour officials claimed less than 30,000 were still on strike.