By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands of pro-government backers took to the streets on Friday in Brazil to show their support for President Dilma Rousseff’s administration as well as state-owned oil giant Petrobras. Marches entitled 'National Day of the Struggle in Defense of Workers' Rights, of Democracy, of Petrobras and for a Political Reform' were held in twenty-two states with organizers stating that more than 175,000 people marched in favor of democracy.

Official police tallies, however, say the crowds totaled just over 33,000 throughout the country. Friday marches came . . .

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