Millions of Brazilians take to the streets as President Dilma Rousseff’s future in balance
Dilma Rousseff’s future as president of Brazil was cast into further doubt as millions of protesters, wearied by scandal and recession, staged some of the largest rallies in the country’s modern history.
Brazilians demonstrated peacefully for Ms Rousseff’s ousting in cities throughout the country on Sunday, with some estimates counting more than 3 million people on the streets. Sao Paulo recorded its largest political rally on record, according to polling firm Datafolha, an arm of the Folha de S.P. newspaper group, which is often accused of under reporting.
In the capital Brasilia, hundreds of thousands marched toward Congress, expressing their support for the anti-corruption blitz that has put several high-profile politicians and construction industry executives behind bars.
Many Brazilians say they have had enough of corruption revealed by the two-year money laundering investigation known as Lava Jato, or Carwash in English, that has paralysed Congress and deepened the worst recession in over a century. Sunday’s protests could prompt more legislators to abandon the ruling coalition and vote for Ms Rousseff’s ousting, according to Paulo Calmon, a political science professor at the University of Brasilia.
“We’re walking in the middle of a perfect storm, with a high level of uncertainty,” Professor Calmon said. “The feeling is that we’re going to have some kind of definition in coming months or even weeks, which could be removing Rousseff from office or some other political arrangement. That’s what makes 2016 different from 2015.”
“some estimates counting more than 3 million people on the streets.”
this was from the weekend..a massive protest rally..i doubt any government can ignore this amount of people for to much longer..they will most likely have to go to an election..