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Limited street protests against Temer's government in Sao Paulo and Rio

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 11:13 UTC
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Organizers estimated 2,000 people participated in the demonstration. In Rio de Janeiro, about 1,000 protesters staged a march calling for Temer to resign. Organizers estimated 2,000 people participated in the demonstration. In Rio de Janeiro, about 1,000 protesters staged a march calling for Temer to resign.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil's two biggest cities Sunday to protest acting President Michel Temer, trying to keep up pressure on his interim administration only 10 days after he was sworn in. A march in Sao Paulo was heading toward Temer's residence, but police blocked roads near the house, and the interim president left for the capital of Brasilia hours earlier.

 Organizers estimated 2,000 people participated in the demonstration. In Rio de Janeiro, about 1,000 protesters staged a march calling for Temer to resign.

Some protesters want suspended President Dilma Rousseff back. Temer replaced her after the Senate voted to suspend the president and put her on trial for allegedly breaking fiscal laws. If 54 of the 81 senators agree that she should be impeached, she would be permanently removed from office, and Temer could hold the presidency through 2018.

Opinion polls say a majority of Brazilians want Rousseff impeached, and some of the protesters Sunday called for new elections, a mechanism that is not in Brazil's electoral law at the moment.

Even before Temer took office, a poll said 58% of Brazilians wanted Temer impeached, too. A Supreme Court justice has ruled Temer could face impeachment proceedings for signing decrees of the same kind as those that led to the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, but that decision has yet to be ratified.

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