Mass Protests Against Rousseff

Mass Protests Against RousseffMass Protests Against Rousseff

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in protests across Brazil on Sunday, calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, less than a year into her second term as president.

Many voters have accused her of failing to stamp out corruption and blame her for the economy’s worst slump in 25 years, as support for her has fallen to single-digit figures in recent polls, BBC reported.

Marchers took over Copacabana beach in Rio and also demonstrated outside Congress in the capital Brasilia.

About 350,000 people took part in protests in Sao Paulo, police said. Another 25,000 people took part in a demonstration in Brasilia.

The national day of action is the third major protest against Rousseff and her left-wing Workers’ Party this year. In April, at least 600,000 people turned out against Rousseff and her party and more than a million in March.

There have also been demonstrations in recent months showing support for the embattled leader, with many claiming calls for her impeachment amount to a coup attempt.

Anti-government protesters say Rouseff must have known about a corruption scandal in the state oil firm, Petrobras, as alleged bribery took place when she was head of the company.