By LUCIANA MAGALHAES in São Paulo and PAUL KIERNAN in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s two biggest cities were shaken by unrest on Tuesday, as a professional dancer’s death sparked a violent protest in a Rio slum that overlooks popular beaches, and armed men torched nearly three dozen buses at a depot outside São Paulo.
The incidents come less than two months before Brazil hosts soccer’s World Cup tournament, and underscore concerns about security during the event.
In Rio, officials closed off major thoroughfares in the area, as smoke from fires set by rioters in the hillside slum hung in the air steps from oceanfront hotels.
The riot started as a protest after the body of a professional dancer from the Pavão-Pavãozinho slum, Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, was found in a school Tuesday morning. Police said his injuries appeared consistent with a fall; protesters suspected that he had been murdered.