Protesters stage massive rally against newly-installed president in Sao Paulo

Protesters stage massive rally against newly-installed president in Sao Paulo

Fri Sep 9, 2016 7:19AM

Thousands of Brazilian demonstrators have held a massive rally to protest against the newly-installed President Michel Temer.

The supporters of former president Dilma Rousseff — who was ousted in an impeachment supported by Temer, once her ally — and others opposing the new government took to the streets in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on Thursday to voice their anger.

The protesters, including union members and social activists, chanted anti-Temer slogans and held placards that read “Temer out.”

The protesters also denounced the removal of Rousseff from office.

Temer was booed at an Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday in the capital, Brasilia, in his first public appearance since taking office last week. Temer had arrived at the heavily-policed ceremony in a closed presidential vehicle instead of the traditional open top Rolls Royce normally used in such ceremonies.

In recent days, the supporters of Rousseff have staged several protest rallies urging the new president to step down. Protests against the new president had been held in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Sao Paulo and other Brazilian cities.

Temer took office last week after former President Dilma Rousseff was stripped of presidency following a Senate impeachment vote.

He is scheduled to complete Rousseff’s presidential term until the next scheduled election in late 2018.

Rousseff has appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the decision on her ouster.

She was accused of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the 2014 federal budget, allegations that she strongly rejected. She consistently called the impeachment a coup d’état and denounced Temer as a “usurper.”

Temer himself faces allegations of campaign finance violations.

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