A Brazilian senator was shot Wednesday as he tried to intervene in a strike by military police demanding higher salaries in the northeastern state of Ceara.
Sen. Cid Gomes, a former governor of the state, received a shot in the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital. A statement from the hospital released in the evening said the senator was in stable condition and breathing without medical help.
A video circulating on television showed Gomes trying to drive a backhoe through a barricade of balaclava-clad police officers and the vehicle's windows being shot out. It wasn't immediately clear where the gunfire came from.
Shortly before heading to the protest, Gomes had posted a video on Twitter sharing his anger and calling for people to help him end the strike.
At the protest, Gomes was seen with a bullhorn. “You have five minutes to leave. Not one more,” he warned from behind the metal barricade that separated his group from the masked officers.