Brazil Government Reels From Massive Protests

Brazil Government Reels From Massive Protests

Popular discontent of Brazilian President Dilam Rousseff lead to massive protests urging her impeachment.


Upwards of 3 million people nationwide took part in more than 100 protests, which topped the mass protests in 1984 regarding the direct presidential elections while under a dictatorship, according to analyst Folha de S. Paula.

Analysts agree that these unprecedented protests indicate a passionate demonstration of dissatisfaction that further complicates Rousseff’s position. “The fact is that Sunday can be seen as a watershed moment, which frightens the government (and) pressures Congress,” Folha said in an editorial on Monday. “Surprised by the strong turnout on Sunday, the government has been put on alert that it needs to act quickly” to avoid Rousseff’s impeachment.

Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the lower house, is expected to design an impeachment commission sometime this week. Several individuals have interpreted Sunday’s proceedings as a sign that “the people are sick and tired of the political class.” Analysts also note other factors, the primary factors being the seemingly endless recession.

Despite the recent protests and low approval ratings, Rousseff has adamantly said that she will not resign, believing that it was “objectionable to demand the resignation of an elected president without concrete evidence the leader had violated the constitution.”

However, the U.S-based Eurasia Group says that it’s unlikely she will serve of her term–a 65 percent probability to be exact.

“We now think an impeachment vote will occur by May, and Rousseff will not survive it,” the statement said.

No violence or major incidents were notable from the protests. The government noted “the peaceful character” of the demonstrations in a statement late Sunday, saying they emphasized “the maturity of a country that knows how to co-exist with different opinions and knows how to secure respect to its laws and institutions.”

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