- Title: Brazil's Veloso holds concert to denounce Temer government
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: CROWD SCREAMING "TEMER OUT" T-SHIRT THAT READS, "TEMER AND ALL COUP MONGERS OUT! (ELECTIONS) NOW!"
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 22:41
- Keywords: Copacabana Rio de Janeiro Michel Temer Caetano Veloso
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Government/Politics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0036IR5V7N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Brazilian singer, composer and guitarist Caetano Veloso performed at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach Sunday (May 28) for a rally against Brazilian President Michel Temer.
The demonstration was organised by Rio Pelas Diretas Ja, or Rio for Direct Elections Now, which promoted the #DiretasJa hashtag on social media to call for direct elections to replace the unpopular president who is mired by corruption allegations which have plunged Latin America's largest economy into even greater political chaos.
Temer took over the presidency last year after then President Dilma Rousseff was removed over her handling of budget figures.
However, Temer could also be forced out if an electoral court annuls the 2014 re-election of Rousseff and Temer, her running mate, on accusations the ticket was funded by illegal campaign donations.
Temer, who denies any wrongdoing, has said he will not resign.
Leftist opponents, led by Rousseff's Workers Party that had ruled for 13 years until she was removed, are calling for early general elections, which are unlikely because that would require Congress to amend the constitution.
A recent opinion poll showed the Temer administration's approval rating has sunk to 5 percent, making it Brazil's most unpopular government since the end of military rule three decades ago.
A member of the Tropicalismo musical movement, the 74-year old Veloso endured imprisonment by Brazil's military dictatorship after being labelled a "subversive." He was exiled to London in 1969, and returned in 1972.
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