Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Brazil Protesters Demand President's Ouster

Brazil Protesters Demand President's Ouster

The reflection of Brazil's National Congress stands splintered in the broken glass of a federal building in Brasilia on Thursday, one day after protesters flooded the city's streets in opposition to President Michel Temer.

Now, as part of the Car Wash probe, Temer is facing allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker who has been jailed for corruption.

The protesters reportedly set the Agricultural Ministry's building on fire and smashed windows at several other ministerial buildings, Brazilian media report. The ensuing violence resulted in dozens of injured people and several damaged government buildings.

Some 50 people were reported wounded in the repression. The person was shot in the jaw and was sedated and in serious condition Thursday evening, the Secretariat of Health said.

The issue of troops is deeply sensitive in a country that lived under military rule from 1964-1985.

The president's office says at least some ministries are being evacuated after Wednesday clashes between police and protesters.

Neither the governor of Brasilia's federal district, nor, apparently, the army command itself believed that this was the situation Wednesday.

"When order is re-established, the decree will be revoked", the statement said. "Our democracy is not in danger", he said.

The brothers' testimony, released last week, unleashed a political crisis in Latin America's largest economy which is still worsening. He said that the military would remain on alert "in case something gets out of control".

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Though almost a third of Temer's Cabinet is under investigation for alleged corruption, Jornal O Globo's report is the first time he is directly implicated in illicit activity. The tape was given to prosecutors as part of a plea bargain deal.

While thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to demand the ousting of the president, two allied political parties removed their support for the government and Brazil's lawyers' association voted to impeach him.

A corruption investigation opened last week against Temer threatens to end his year-old government.

But Temer's future is more likely to be decided by Brazil's top electoral court, which could annul the 2014 election victory of the Rousseff-Temer ticket for campaigning with illegal funds when it meets in early June. Aecio Neves, was engulfed in the same corruption investigation.

The calling of direct elections would require Congress to pass a constitutional amendment, which is presently viewed as improbable.

Due to this situation, legislator Carlos Zarattini, of the leftist Workers' Party founded by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said: "I do not remember seeing anything like this even in the period of the military dictatorship".

Oscar Vilhena, a legal scholar and director of Sao Paulo's FGV law school, said that there is pressure on the judges to push back the date of the ruling.

"Temer can't stay and these reforms that trample on our rights cannot advance".

It had been expected the court would spare Temer by "splitting" the ticket and ruling that Rousseff, as president, should bear all responsibility.

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