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Flamengo victory parade sees tens of thousands of fans line the streets

 

Celebrations of Flamengo’s triumph in the Copa Libertadores came to an abrupt end in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, when clashes erupted between a group of supporters and police.

Tens of thousands of ecstatic fans wearing their team’s black-and-red jerseys poured into the streets of the city’s historic centre in the morning to welcome Flamengo’s heroic players.

For hours, the flood of supporters, including many families and children, celebrated peacefully, waving flags and setting off fireworks as the Copa Libertadores winners rode through the streets in an open-top bus.

Flamengo's celebrations descended into chaos as supporters clashed with police on Sunday

Flamengo’s celebrations descended into chaos as supporters clashed with police on Sunday

 

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Thick white smoke quickly dispersed the nearby crowd celebrating the Copa Libertadores title

Thick white smoke quickly dispersed the nearby crowd celebrating the Copa Libertadores title

Fans and the police collide on Sunday as the title-winning celebrations came to an abrupt end

Fans and the police collide on Sunday as the title-winning celebrations came to an abrupt end

Riot police kick a supporter while on the ground in Rio de Janeiro on the weekend

Riot police kick a supporter while on the ground in Rio de Janeiro on the weekend

After peaceful celebrations, chaos followed as some fans threw rocks & beer bottles at police

After peaceful celebrations, chaos followed as some fans threw rocks & beer bottles at police

But around 4.30pm local time, in the final stretch of the festivities, TV images showed thick white smoke coming out of the parade, which quickly dispersed the nearby crowd.

Clashes followed, with a group of supporters throwing rocks, beer bottles and other objects at police. The disturbances later eased.

The team’s victory on Saturday over Argentine side River Plate has lifted the spirits of Brazilians after a period of economic stagnation and political infighting.

That’s especially true in Rio, home of the country’s largest club. It hadn’t won the Copa in 38 years, while its Brazilian rivals had won five of the previous 10 competitions.

Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of Rio for Flamengo's Copa Libertadores parade

Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of Rio for Flamengo’s Copa Libertadores parade

Supporters wore the club's famous red and black shirts and let off flares and fireworks

Supporters wore the club’s famous red and black shirts and let off flares and fireworks

Flamengo's two-goal hero Gabigol took his shirt off and twirled it in the air in celebration

Flamengo’s two-goal hero Gabigol took his shirt off and twirled it in the air in celebration

Flamengo's Orlando Berrio hoisted the Copa Libertadores trophy in the air on the open top bus

Flamengo’s Orlando Berrio hoisted the Copa Libertadores trophy in the air on the open top bus

Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus raised his finger in the air to remind fans the team are No 1

Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus raised his finger in the air to remind fans the team are No 1

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