He said riot police armed with billy clubs and tear gas fought a half hour battle to prevent dancing fans from following the popular Mangueira mango tree Samba school down the parade strip. Mangueira, the parade champion in three of the last four years, has a huge following among Rio's poor working class. Televison film showed a policeman restraining a fan while another officer whacked him on his body with an arm-length wooden club. Seventeen people were treated for minor injuries and three people were arrested, police said. Two nights of parades -- from Sunday night until Monday morning and Monday night through Tuesday morning -- are the highlight of the five-day pre-Lenten celebration. Partying will go on through midday Wednesday - the beginning of the Christian period of fasting and penitence before Easter.
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