By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Less than a week after the impeachment of the country’s first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, thousands of protesters are back on the streets throughout Brazil, to demand the ousting of President Michel Temer, Rousseff’s vice-president who took over the office.

Brazil,Thousands protest in São Paulo against President Temer,
Thousands protest in São Paulo against President Temer, photo by Rovena Rosa/AgBr.

Thousands took to the streets in Brazil’s largest cities with signs of “Fora Temer” (Temer Out). The most violent protests have been seen in São Paulo, where police have resorted to tear gas to disperse violent groups at the end of the rallies.

Groups of protesters have been gathering every day in different parts of the city to denounce the installation of the new federal administration. On Thursday the group calling themselves Black Blocks destroyed the front of bank agencies and set fires along Avenida Paulista to protest against the impeachment.

On Sunday, as most protesters were leaving the rally, violence erupted again and military police started to throw stun grenades, tear gas and water cannons to contain the more violent protesters. “In initially peaceful demonstration, vandals act and force MP (Military Police) to intervene with moderate use of force/chemical ammunition,” stated the twitter account of São Paulo’s Military Police.

In Rio de Janeiro a crowd of between seven thousand and ten thousand, according to organizers, gathered to protest against government of President Michel Temer. The group demanded new elections.

In China for the G20 meeting, President Temer downplayed the recent protests against him. “It is natural that some groups get together to protest. But these are small and predatory groups. It was not a democratic demonstration. Only 30, 40 people destroying a car,” he told journalists.

5 COMMENTS

  1. These actions were all planned ahead by the Dilma-Lula team in the event Dilma was successfully impeached as part of their ongoing move to take control of the democracy of Brazil. President Temer should not underestimate the number of protestors nor the nature of the demonstrations.

    PT and her allies are masters at political subversion a social disruption. That is what socialist and communist do!

  2. @Gregory Cufaro – you clearly do NOT understand the difference between Socialism and Communisn or you’re just a spoiled rich conservative who doesn’t give a damn about anyone other than the rich keeping control and stomping on the lower classes. Oh, does that remark offend you? Well, then stop making sweeping generalizations that show your ignorance! For your information, most of the Western European countries who are very peaceful – i.e. Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, etc. are generally Socialist or Sociallist-leaning governments and have been traditionally so. Lumping the two idealogical/economic systems – i.e. Socialism and Communism – together and then making blantantly stupid remarks shows you to be either uneducated, elistist or both. I have no idea about the veracity of the rest of your remarks about Dilma. Lula and the PT and the so-called pre-planned nature of the protests, but given how inaccurate your other accusations are about Socialists, I am highly disinclined to believe you.

  3. How could anyone not prepare to protest the removal of a democratically elected president under ‘laws’ so questionable that the newly positioned golpeadors see fit to change the law making the very same practice legal? There will be no peace until new leaders are elected, democracy and legitimacy are returned to Brasilian politics and concrete efforts to fight graft and corruption are put in place. Temer and his ilk will do nothing toward these aims, so protests will continue.

  4. Gregory Cufaro, if your accusation that all these protests were planned by PT is correct, how do you account for the organised protests by the right against Dilma in the recent past? Are you suggesting that all such protests are evil communist plots or do you just chose to ignore those whose aims you agree with and condemn those you don’t?

  5. In reply to Ilene Zeitzer.

    I may not be a political savant but I stand by my comments.

    Under the definition of Socialism: ” (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.” The point being, communist often implant their agenda initially as a transitional socialistic movement while all along their objective is to insert their communist agenda.

    My comments were in no way directed at the traditionally socialist or socialist – leaning governments as you outlined. They have, in fact, achieved remarkable social and political prosperity and stability. The difference being they were not established as part of a communist agenda as is the case with the PT party in Brazil. Under a communist government, Socialism would not be permitted.

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