Brazilian Federal Police on Thursday arrested former Rio de Janeiro Governor Sérgio Cabral (2007-2014) in connection with a sweeping corruption investigation as popular unrest over corruption and austerity continues to grow. Police arrested Cabral and nine others early Thursday in a probe of alleged bribery and money laundering. Police said Cabral was ringleader of a scheme to extract more than R$220 million in bribes from public works contractors. Earlier in the week, police arrested another former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Anthony Garotinho (1999-2002), in connection with an alleged vote-buying scheme. Meanwhile, popular unrest continued to grow. In Brasília, dozens of protesters invaded the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday night demanding military intervention against rampant corruption. Local police used stun guns and billy clubs to remove the protestors. In Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, thousands of state employees surrounded the State Assembly ahead of a debate on fiscal austerity measures. The measures would slash state employee salaries. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Three injuries were reported in the Brasília incident and two in Rio de Janeiro.
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