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Brazil: Thousands call for Eduardo Cunha's resignation at Sao Paulo march01:45

Brazil: Thousands call for Eduardo Cunha's resignation at Sao Paulo march

Brazil, Sao Paulo
November 14, 2015 at 02:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters marched through Sao Paulo on Friday in opposition to the policies of Eduardo Cunha, the head of Brazil’s National Assembly, and calling for him to resign. Protester Lidia Moraes said “we are asking for Eduardo Cunha to leave power, we don’t want him anymore as president of Congress because he is retrograde and he is against progress.”

Demonstrators halted their march in front of the Swiss consulate, over allegations that Cunha had secret bank accounts in Switzerland where he hid embezzled money. He is currently under investigation over the allegations.

The policies which drew the protesters’ ire included a new law proposing to force hospitals to inform police every time a woman is treated for abortion related issues and the decreasing of the age of criminal responsibility to 16.

On October 21, a commission of the parliament’s lower chamber approved a bill seeking to limit access to the morning-after pill and acquire information on the abortion processes of rape victims. The bill also removed the right for rape victims to access the morning-after pill, as well as information regarding their rights and available health services. Rape victims will also be required to undergo a physical examination at a police station if they are to receive medical treatment, if the bill is passed.

Brazil: Thousands call for Eduardo Cunha's resignation at Sao Paulo march01:45
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Thousands of protesters marched through Sao Paulo on Friday in opposition to the policies of Eduardo Cunha, the head of Brazil’s National Assembly, and calling for him to resign. Protester Lidia Moraes said “we are asking for Eduardo Cunha to leave power, we don’t want him anymore as president of Congress because he is retrograde and he is against progress.”

Demonstrators halted their march in front of the Swiss consulate, over allegations that Cunha had secret bank accounts in Switzerland where he hid embezzled money. He is currently under investigation over the allegations.

The policies which drew the protesters’ ire included a new law proposing to force hospitals to inform police every time a woman is treated for abortion related issues and the decreasing of the age of criminal responsibility to 16.

On October 21, a commission of the parliament’s lower chamber approved a bill seeking to limit access to the morning-after pill and acquire information on the abortion processes of rape victims. The bill also removed the right for rape victims to access the morning-after pill, as well as information regarding their rights and available health services. Rape victims will also be required to undergo a physical examination at a police station if they are to receive medical treatment, if the bill is passed.

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