- Title: Brazilians protest President Temer ahead of star-studded concert in Copacabana
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) DEMONSTRATOR, MARCOS VINICIUS MIRANDA, 30-YEARS-OLD, SAYING: "Right now, we don't have a lot of room for ideological fighting between parties from one side or the other. The idea of out with Temer has to be common." DEMONSTRATOR, ANA CLAUDIA MONTEIRO, WITH "DIRECT (ELECTIONS) NOW" WRITTEN WITH FACE PAINT ON HER FACE MONTEIRO SHOUTING, "DIRECT (ELECTIONS) NOW, OUT WITH TEMER" GENERAL OF CROWD WITH PEOPLE SPEAKING FROM STAGE IN THE BACKGROUND PEOPLE SPEAKING FROM STAGE GENERAL OF DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED AT BEACH UNDER A BANNER READING, "DIRECT (ELECTIONS) NOW!" CLOSE-UP OF BANNER READING, "DIRECT (ELECTIONS) NOW!" GENERAL OF DEMONSTRATION AND BANNERS AND BALLOONS SUPPORTING POLITICAL PARTIES AND UNION GROUPS
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 18:51
- Keywords: Copacabana Michel Temer Caetano Veloso concert protest corruption Brazil
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0036IR5KXV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Demonstrators gathered at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach on Sunday (May 28) for a rally against Brazilian President Michel Temer that will feature musical performances from Brazilian artists including Caetano Veloso and Criolo.
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.
If Temer is forced from office by the electoral court ruling, Brazilian law mandates that Congress - where scores of lawmakers are ensnared in the corruption investigation - must choose an interim leader within 30 days.
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.
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