Thousands March in Brazil Against Rousseff, Corruption

Thousands March in Brazil Against Rousseff, CorruptionThousands March in Brazil Against Rousseff, Corruption

Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday through downtown Sao Paulo against government corruption and the recent re-election of President Dilma Rousseff, the AFP reported.

The march, widely championed by opposition supporters, is the fifth of its kind in the weeks following Rousseff’s October 26 re-election to a second four-year term.

Demonstrators carrying signs calling for a coup broke away from the main march and took an alternate path after several minutes of tension, according to police, who said the group totaled around 400 people.

Protesters, who numbered around 5,000 according to police, had the support of defeated center-right opposition candidate Aecio Neves, who posted a video urging participation.

“We’ve already said the Petrobras scandal was the biggest corruption case in the history of Brazil, but the list is growing and we are learning it was not only at Petrobras,” Neves said.

Rousseff’s government is mired in a huge corruption scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras that has already led to the arrests of a clutch of top businessmen amid claims that dozens of politicians, chiefly Rousseff allies, received massive kickbacks on contracts.

Residents of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous city in Brazil, cast more than 60 percent of their votes for Neves in the election’s second round.