A wave of nationwide protests hit Brazil this weekend, as over a million people took to the streets against current President Dilma Rousseff.
Plagued by corruption claims, a downward spiral in support and with opposition parties upping the ante, Rousseff could be forced to step down prior to the end of her term, scheduled for January 1 2019.
Sporting placards reading ‘enough corruption’ and ‘out with Dilma’ thousands of protestors took to the streets across the country, BBC Mundo reports.
“I want her [Dilma] out and we need new elections as the 2014 presidential vote was paid for in dirty money, a product of corruption,” Alejandro Cortés, a 39-year-old protester in São Paulo commented.
Protests rocked an estimated 400 Brazilian cities.
In Rio de Janeiro, seat of the 2016 Olympic Games, thousands of people took to Copacabana beach, adorned in national colors.
“I’m protesting because I think that by taking part I can stop the country’s riches being wasted,” Marcelo Atunes, a 66-year-old engineer commented.
“All Brazilians should take part, we can’t just stick to the sidelines,” he added.
Former president Lula da Silva has also come under scrutiny. The 70-year-old, will no longer have to stand as part of an audience for Brazil’s largest ongoing corruption probe: Operation Car Wash.