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Rousseff leads Independence Day celebrations with tight security and no speech fearing pot banging

Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - 06:01 UTC
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Rousseff, in the official Rolls Royce with the top down and wearing the presidential ribbon, led the military parade for 2 kilometers Rousseff, in the official Rolls Royce with the top down and wearing the presidential ribbon, led the military parade for 2 kilometers
With an approval rating of 7%, Rousseff governs with a fragmented Congress in which her main ally, the PMDB party of Vice-President Temer, is divided. With an approval rating of 7%, Rousseff governs with a fragmented Congress in which her main ally, the PMDB party of Vice-President Temer, is divided.
In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, military parades and events went off without incident in celebration of the nation's 193 years of independence. In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, military parades and events went off without incident in celebration of the nation's 193 years of independence.

Brazilian Independence Day celebrations were marked Monday by the extra security surrounding President Dilma Rousseff during the ceremonies in Brasilia. Rousseff, in the official Rolls Royce with the top down and wearing the presidential ribbon, led the military parade for 2 kilometers before taking part in the program of events prepared by the armed forces.

 Rousseff's security was increased following the report by pro-government lawmaker Paulo Pimenta about a message threatening the president with death that was posted on YouTube by a former opposition candidate for Congress.

The president did not give a speech, and the traditional address on national radio and television was reduced this year to a message on social networks, in order to avoid, according to sources close to Rousseff and cited in the press, the massive banging of pots and pans that was heard during some of her other speeches.

Rousseff faces a tough situation this year with official projections of a 1.49% contraction of the economy and with inflation expected to reach 9%, plus a political crisis aggravated by cases of corruption within the state-run oil company Petrobras that has demolished the reputation of her Workers Party.

With an approval rating of 7%, according to the latest surveys, Rousseff governs with a fragmented Congress in which her main ally, the PMDB party of Vice President Michel Temer, is divided.

While Rousseff took part in the official ceremonies together with other authorities, demonstrations were held near the Esplanade of Ministries both for and against the government.

In Brazil's two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, military parades and events went off without incident in celebration of the nation's 193 years of independence.

Doing the rounds on social networks over the past week were a number of calls to join anti-government marches on Monday like the massive ones held earlier this year, but they failed to get anything like the same response.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Martin Woodhead

    I know pilots love their grow bags (flight suits) but for a parade you'd think somebody would make them put on a uniform that needs ironing

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 09:39 am 0
  • ChrisR

    So they brought the old Roller out for probably the last time.

    The car wasn't bad either and will probably outlast DumbAss.

    Anybody who believes the death threat hasn't been looking at MADuro and his 'little tricks' to bamboozle the citizens. Doesn't fool anyone though.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 04:42 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    The top photo shows what an enormous contradiction Dilma and the PT are. While they profess to support and defend the workers, and here “workers” should mean everyone who works and pays taxes, not just those of the lower social classes, she rides in all pomp in a Rolls Royce. Why didn't she appear standing in the back of Mujica's old VW “Beetle”, with the roof cut off ??

    Tonight's news : The projected 'contraction' of Brazil's GNP for 2015 : 2,44%....getting worse by the day.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 10:31 pm 0
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