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Gravestones placed on Rio beach to mark children killed by stray bullets

A Brazilian civil rights organisation has placed gravestones on Copacabana Beach to commemorate children killed by stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio de Paz group also spread over the sand a large Brazilian flag with several holes representing bullets.

The action follows the death of a two-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet while playing in northern Rio. The case is under investigation.

The host city of the 2016 Olympics has long struggled with violence. Shoot-outs between drug traffickers, or between traffickers and police, are common. Some of the violence occasionally spills into tourist areas and well-to-do neighbourhoods.

Rio de Paz estimates that at least 31 children in Rio have been killed by stray bullets in the last 10 years.

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