More than 6,000 Brazilians marched against George W. Bush in Sao Paulo on Thursday in a mostly peaceful demonstration. A small group incited police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters in Colombia also clashed with police, and more demonstrations are expected as Bush tours the region.
The trip aims to repair Bush’s standing in the region, where polls show widespread opposition to the
Iraq war and U.S. trade and immigration policies. After Brazil, he will travel to Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.
“It’s nothing more than to say we want to be your friends,” Bush told Colombian television before he set out.
However, more than 6,000 anti-Bush protesters of all ages marched down Sao Paulo’s famed Avenida Paulista, the business heart of South America, police said.