Thousands protested in Brazil on Sunday in support of Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who is battling claims he conspired with prosecutors on his anti-corruption drive to keep former leader Lula da Silva from another presidential run.
Moro, who was a powerful judge before joining President Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet in January, has faced calls for his resignation over leaked chats purportedly showing he worked with prosecutors in the so-called Car Wash probe to keep Lula, a popular leftist, out of the 2018 presidential race.
Demonstrators dressed in Brazil's national colors of yellow and green took to the streets in 88 cities, news website G1 reported, including the capital Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, to show their support for Moro, who is considered a hero by many Brazilians fed up with corrupt leaders.
The protesters also demanded Congress approve the government's ambitious overhaul of the bloated retirement system. Bolsonaro has warned it will bankrupt the country if changes are not adopted.
Turnout, though, appeared to be lower than in recent protests for and against Bolsonaro's administration.
In the latest messages published by The Intercept investigative website, prosecutors expressed concern that Moro had a personal and political agenda in the probe and were unhappy over his appointment to the far-right government, which they feared would undermine the credibility of the investigation.
Moro has questioned the authenticity of the leaked chats and dismissed claims that he showed bias in the Car Wash cases. He recently told a Senate committee that he had been the victim of revenge over his anti-corruption efforts.
No one has been untouchable in the Car Wash probe, which began in 2014 and upended Brazilian politics by uncovering large-scale looting of state oil company Petrobras.
Scores of top players across the political spectrum as well as business figures have been taken down.
But critics say Moro -- who handed Lula his first conviction for taking bribes and money-laundering in 2017, effectively ending both his election hopes and decades of center-left rule -- targeted the former president and his popular Workers' Party (PT) most of all.
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Demonstrators dressed in Brazil's national colors of yellow and greenJul 01st, 2019 - 10:25 am 0
Which is appropriate considering Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel Samuel Johnson
@Terence HillJul 02nd, 2019 - 10:34 pm 0
BRAZIL IS BETTER:
Bit behind the times, are we, Trollence? To quote Ambrose Bierce, “Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first.”Jul 05th, 2019 - 03:16 am 0