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Brazil: Sao Paulo students demand Rousseff's impeachment 02:28

Brazil: Sao Paulo students demand Rousseff's impeachment

Brazil, Sao Paulo
March 29, 2016 at 02:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of students from Mackenzie Presbyterian University blocked the traffic in front of student campus in Sao Paulo, Monday, demanding the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Protesters waved Brazilian flags and held banners denouncing Rousseff's ruling party. They were addressed by some speakers from a makeshift stage, and the National Anthem was played and sang by many of the participants in the protest.

Protests both in favour and against Rousseff and her ruling party were sparked after the Brazilian leader decided to nominate her predecessor Lula da Silva to Chief of Staff of the Presidency. The president's move to make Lula Chief of Staff of the Presidency comes despite the erstwhile Brazilian leader being under investigation for charges of corruption and money laundering, relating to the ongoing Petrobras scandal.

A federal judge in Brasilia delivered an injunction to suspend Lula's appointment on the basis that it prohibited "the free exercise of justice," on Friday. The government is expected to appeal the injunction in a higher court. Lula has since been sworn in and again blocked from the position.

Recordings of phone calls between Ms Rousseff and Mr Lula leaked on March 16 allegedly support widespread claims that the ex-leader's appointment was done to shield him from arrest.

The recent scandals involving the current and former presidents, as well as Brazil's worsening economic crisis have provoked widespread mistrust from the public towards the government and have sparked frequent and often violent protests across the country.

Brazil: Sao Paulo students demand Rousseff's impeachment 02:28
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A group of students from Mackenzie Presbyterian University blocked the traffic in front of student campus in Sao Paulo, Monday, demanding the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Protesters waved Brazilian flags and held banners denouncing Rousseff's ruling party. They were addressed by some speakers from a makeshift stage, and the National Anthem was played and sang by many of the participants in the protest.

Protests both in favour and against Rousseff and her ruling party were sparked after the Brazilian leader decided to nominate her predecessor Lula da Silva to Chief of Staff of the Presidency. The president's move to make Lula Chief of Staff of the Presidency comes despite the erstwhile Brazilian leader being under investigation for charges of corruption and money laundering, relating to the ongoing Petrobras scandal.

A federal judge in Brasilia delivered an injunction to suspend Lula's appointment on the basis that it prohibited "the free exercise of justice," on Friday. The government is expected to appeal the injunction in a higher court. Lula has since been sworn in and again blocked from the position.

Recordings of phone calls between Ms Rousseff and Mr Lula leaked on March 16 allegedly support widespread claims that the ex-leader's appointment was done to shield him from arrest.

The recent scandals involving the current and former presidents, as well as Brazil's worsening economic crisis have provoked widespread mistrust from the public towards the government and have sparked frequent and often violent protests across the country.

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