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Rousseff's 'impeachment debate' takes to the streets with thousands turning out

Monday, December 14th 2015 - 07:28 UTC
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The good news for Rousseff was that Sunday's turnout at the rallies was less than expected. The good news for Rousseff was that Sunday's turnout at the rallies was less than expected.
In Sao Paulo protestors turned out with similar balloons of Dilma and former president Lula da Silva dressed as jail inmates. In Sao Paulo protestors turned out with similar balloons of Dilma and former president Lula da Silva dressed as jail inmates.
The turnout hit about 81,000 nationwide, according to police cited by the Globo network. Organizers insisted the number was really 385,000, said Globo. The turnout hit about 81,000 nationwide, according to police cited by the Globo network. Organizers insisted the number was really 385,000, said Globo.
It was the fourth time this year that demonstrators across Brazil took to the streets to demand the removal of Brazil's first woman, one year into office It was the fourth time this year that demonstrators across Brazil took to the streets to demand the removal of Brazil's first woman, one year into office

Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to demand that embattled President Dilma Rousseff, facing a weak economy and a major political crisis including calls for her impeachment, be removed from office.

 Rousseff is battling for her political life, standing accused of illegal budgeting maneuvers that she says were long-accepted practices by previous governments.

If there was any good news for her on Sunday, it was that turnout at the rallies seen as a barometer of national mood was less than expected. Just days ago, pro-Rousseff and opposition deputies pushed and screamed during voting to form an impeachment commission.

But protesters Sunday were much calmer, marching peacefully behind a giant inflatable Rousseff dressed up as Pinocchio in Brasilia, and in Sao Paulo with two similar balloons of Dilma and former president Lula da Silva dressed as jail inmates.

The turnout hit about 81,000 nationwide, with 59 cities reporting demonstrations, according to police cited by the Globo television network. Organizers, meanwhile, insisted the number was really 385,000, according to Globo.

About 30,000 rallied in the country's wealthy industrial and financial hub Sao Paulo, it reported. It was a sharp contrast to the 2.4 million anti-Rousseff marchers on March 15.

It was the fourth time this year that demonstrators across the sprawling nation took to the streets to demand the removal of Brazil's first female president.

With her popularity ratings at only 10%, Rousseff has little political muscle, and the impeachment push in part reflects the country's anger at multiple crises, including a major corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court suspended for one week the commission that will recommend whether or not Congress should impeach the president, citing irregularities. Of the 65 congressional deputies elected in controversial circumstances to the panel about 30% face criminal probes, according to a detailed count by specialist website Congresso em Foco.

The architect of the impeachment drive himself, House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, has been charged with taking as much as $40 million in bribes. He allegedly stashed the loot in secret Swiss accounts.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Brasileiro

    The demonstrations yesterday promoted by Stratfor, CIA, NSA and opponents of Brazilian democracy were a resounding failure.

    There were more students in the demonstrations against the state government of the PSDB in São Paulo which took place in the days prior that in manifestations of coup plotters yesterday.

    The United States must send more yuan if they want to have any chance of success in the coup.

    Dec 14th, 2015 - 10:02 am 0
  • The Voice

    Facism dying in Argentina, Venezuala and now France! Where next? Messrs Stink, Voice and Toby the little tit must be becoming desperate! Marcos has been swallowed up with Reekie and various other Fascist scum. Hooray!

    Dec 14th, 2015 - 12:48 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @1 BRasshole
    The fact that the turnout last Sunday was less than previous protests, was already expected, given the fact that most people were busy getting their affairs in order to be able to go off on vacation.....something that you low-life scum can't afford.
    These protests were just to keep the politicians on their feet and remind fat arse that the people haven't forgotten her disgusting lies about the economy just to ensure her re-election. Wait for March ! IF she survives until then.

    Dec 15th, 2015 - 04:25 pm 0
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