Brazil: Mass Protest Breaks Against Presdient Rousseff


Mass protest breaks out in Brazil on Sunday as people clamoured against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff; they are calling her to resign.

Around 1.4 million people came down to the streets and protested against Rousseff’s involvement in the corruption scandal and Brazil’s economic meltdown. People waved banners and marched across many cities in the country. The banners read “Dilma out” and “Stop with corruption”.

“I support her impeachment and new elections because the presidential vote in 2014 was financed with dirty money from corruption,” said protester Alexandre Cortes said in a report by BBC.

Rio resident Maria do Carmo, 73, said: “We need to get rid of Dilma, the Workers’ Party, the whole lot. It’s not their time anymore.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that in Sao Paulo, around 450,000 people  went out to the streets and blocked the main thoroughfare, Avenida Paulista.

Although the protests were peaceful, with people wearing the national colour yellow-green. It is one of the huge anti-government protests since Rousseff was sworn in as president of Brazil.

In her plea, Rousseff said: “I am appealing for there not to be violence. I think all people have a right to be on the streets. However, no one has a right to be violent – no one.”

Rousseff has been a centrepiece of discussion over Petrobras(oil company) scandal. She was the chairwoman of Petrobras when she was implicated. Although she denied over corruption involvement and is not being investigated. The scandal involved many wealthiest personalities including ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Silva was dragged down over his ownership of a penthouse. The property was renovated by construction companies involved in the Petrobras scandal. Last week, prosecutors demanded the arrest of Silva on failing to declare ownership of the property. However, he denied that he owned any such property.

Following a loss of investment-grade status, Rousseff has blamed the opposition for immobilising the Congress. As Rousseff struggles to hold on to power, her term’s future depends on Congress’s support. If she loses support from MPs and senators, she could step down before her term ends, on January 1, 2019.

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