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Rio De Janeiro Protests Follow Shocking Gang Rape That Was Published On Social Media

The case has shocked Brazil.

28/05/2016 16:06

Hundreds of Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest after a teen's brutal gang rape shocked the country.

Police in Rio De Janeiro are hunting a gang of more than 30 who are believed to have assaulted the 16-year-old last weekend. Images and even a video of their nude, semi-conscious victim during the rape were posted to Twitter, where they received likes and responses mocking the girl until they were removed.

She went to visit her boyfriend in a favela in the city. After arriving to see him, her next memory is waking up in a different house, surrounded by the man.

With less than three months until the city hosts the Olympics, the case has focussed attention on what some see as the country's bad attitude to rape.

On Friday night, protesters marched, carrying signs splattered with red and the phrase 'We are all bleeding' in Portuguese.

"I am completely outraged, especially because there is a narrative of trying to justify what happened," one marcher told France24.

Brazil's interim president Michel Temer said: "It’s absurd that in the 21st century we have to live with barbarous crimes like this."

The country's suspended president Dilma Rousseff added a Venus female gender symbol to her Facebook page, an image that was painted on the faces of many of those protesting.

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