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Brazil: Thousands of Workers' Party supporters back Rousseff in Rio rally 01:57

Brazil: Thousands of Workers' Party supporters back Rousseff in Rio rally

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
April 1, 2016 at 01:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rio de Janeiro's city centre, Thursday, to show their support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Lula da Silva. The demonstration came as a response to several nationwide protests that hit the country recently, demanding Rousseff's impeachment, and criticising the Brazilian leader's decision to appoint Lula as chief of staff.

Participants chanted slogans and held banners and flags backing the Brazilian government, which is led by the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, Workers' Party).

Several organisations took part in the march including the Movement of Landless Peasants (MST), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the United Workers' Central (CUT), which is the largest union in Latin America with around 7.5 million members.

The president's move to make Lula Chief of Staff of the Presidency comes despite the erstwhile president 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" earlier on Friday. The government is expected to appeal the injunction in a higher court.

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: Thousands of Workers' Party supporters back Rousseff in Rio rally 01:57
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Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rio de Janeiro's city centre, Thursday, to show their support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Lula da Silva. The demonstration came as a response to several nationwide protests that hit the country recently, demanding Rousseff's impeachment, and criticising the Brazilian leader's decision to appoint Lula as chief of staff.

Participants chanted slogans and held banners and flags backing the Brazilian government, which is led by the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, Workers' Party).

Several organisations took part in the march including the Movement of Landless Peasants (MST), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the United Workers' Central (CUT), which is the largest union in Latin America with around 7.5 million members.

The president's move to make Lula Chief of Staff of the Presidency comes despite the erstwhile president 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" earlier on Friday. The government is expected to appeal the injunction in a higher court.

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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