(TELEGRAPH) — Pope Francis had to arrive at his welcoming reception at Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro by helicopter on Monday night as protests gathered outside during his first foreign trip to Brazil.

The Pontiff’s plans were changed at the last minute after around 1,500 demonstrators arrived and burned an effigy tied to a lamppost. There were later clashes with police as officers tried to disperse the crowd with six detained and at least three injured.

There had been scenes of chaos as the Pope began his trip through Rio in a modest motorcade after arriving at 4pm local time. Dozens of pilgrims and well-wishers dashed to the open window of his Fiat car to greet the Pope directly.

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