Close to a million Brazilians took to the streets in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia over the weekend, as protestors called for President Dilma Rousseff’s government to begin impeachment proceedings.
Rousseff has been steadily losing popularity ratings following her links to Operation Carwash, the biggest corruption scandal that Brazil has experienced to date, involving money laundering claims linked to state oil firm Petrobras.
Around 350,000 protestors filled São Paulo’s huge Avenida Paulista, banging pans and bearing banners.
“We are going to march until the end. Until the president steps down from government. She has to go and leave the country in peace,” 43-year-old Patricia Soares commented.
“Brazil is being destroyed,” fellow protestor Andrea Nogueira added.
The number of Brazilian protestors beat the previous national total of 600,000 during countrywide marches on April 12.
Around 200 cities across Brazil took part in the protests.
“No more corruption!”
Opposition party leader Aecio Neves also joined the protests in São Paulo.
“No more corruption! My party represents Brazil!” he shouted from a podium.
“Brazil has woken up. People in the streets will make sure that we make it past the crisis. This government has no more authority or credibility.”
Brazilians fear that the country could end up in a similar situation to that in Cuba or Venezuela.
Hyper-inflation and poor exchange rates of 2.80 real to the U.S. dollar are causing alarm bells to ring for many Brazilians, over fears that the country may once again suffer a similar economic crisis to that experienced during the 1980s and 1990s.
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