Visnews June 12 filmed an exciting debate in Rio's City Council chamber. An exchange of?
Opening scene is councillor MARTINS speaking.
Second to speak is MOREIRA, counter arguing.
Rumble starts - fists fighting at first.
Microphone stand is swung
Fighters are separated.
Fight starts over again.
Two other mike stands are swung.
Fighters are finally parted.
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Background: Visnews June 12 filmed an exciting debate in Rio's City Council chamber. An exchange of words led to a heated argument.... a flurry of blows... wielding of microphone stands .. and the final calmness of apology.
Councillor Jair Martins raised the question of Rio's extensive slum area, where thousands of people live in abject poverty. One Councillor Moreira jumped to his feet and protested that the problem was being taken care of. Martins than accused Moreira of being an 'undercover operator' of illegal commerce in this shanty town...commerce that included some 'bordello' houses.
Moreira leapt across the legislative council floor and rained blows at this accuser. Finding himself restrained and his fists insufficient, he grabbed a handy microphone stand and once more leapt into action.
Fellow Councillors having been suitably entertained, restrained the protagonists until their tempers cooled.
Rio citizens call their City Council the "Gaiola de Ouro"... The Golden Cage.