Anger over Brazil national museum fire sparks protests


A fire that destroyed the National Museum in Brazil has led to angry protests in the country.

The museum, a cherished historical repository lacked a sprinkler system and had suffered years of financial neglect.

Police in riot gear shot tear gas into a small, angry crowd that tried to enter the entrance to the elegant park housing the 200-year-old former Imperial Palace.

Later, police granted access to the site’s perimeter, which protesters surrounded in a symbolic “embrace.”