Demonstrations of historic proportions gathered Sunday more than three million Brazilians, according to police, to demand the departure of President Dilma Rousseff left, mired in a major political crisis.
In the only economic capital Sao Paulo, an opposition stronghold, 1.4 million people marched chanting “Dilma out!”, According to the Secretariat of Public Security, which assessed the number of participants at 1.8 million statewide.
Before this estimate, the total number of demonstrators in the rest of Brazil was estimated at 1.4 million, according to data compiled by the city Police city by the G1 news website.
And besides the big event in Rio de Janeiro, host city of the Olympic Games in August. Hundreds of thousands of Cariocas are paraded along the famous Copacabana Beach, according to AFP journalists.
This tidal wave is a serious warning shot for Dilma Rousseff, under threat of a parliamentary impeachment.
The opposition won the bet of a massive mobilization. The goal was to put pressure on wavering MPs will vote for or against the departure of the President, democratically re-elected in 2014.
Latin American emerging giant of over 200 million people, Brazil is confronted simultaneously with one of the worst economic and political crisis in its history. All poisoned by mega corruption scandal around the state giant Petrobras splashing the ruling coalition.
The government of the Workers Party (PT), in power since 2003 seems paralyzed in the middle of this storm.
It fails to adopt a rebellious parliament its austerity program. The 7th World economy entered its second year of recession. GDP fell by 3.8% in 2015, inflation exceeded 10%, government deficits are widening, unemployment increases.
“It is chaos and it affects us all,” commented, bitter, a journalist from AFP architect Sergio Sampaio, 61, among the crowd of protesters in Sao Paulo.
“We need a Macri here” to revive the economy, said earlier in Rio Luis Adolfo Dabkiewicz, 57, admirer of the new head of the Argentine government Mauricio Macri, a liberal who succeeded the President Cristina Kirchner left.
The protests were called by citizens’ movements marked right behind three similar protest actions in 2015, the largest of which had mobilized up to 1.7 million people in March.
The opposition parties had rallied for the first time officially in Sunday’s events.
The Opposition Leader Aécio Neves, defeated rival Dilma Rousseff in the second round of the 2014 presidential election, has briefly participated in the march of Sao Paulo, where he was booed.
“Fed up with corruption”
Alone in the unanimity of the protesters was the judge Sergio Moro, head of the inquiry into the scandal Petrobras, which recently caught up former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).
In Brasilia, the demonstrators had inflated a large plastic doll representing Lula, mentor and predecessor of the current president, in prison uniform to white and black stripes.
Besides Petrobras case, Lula is targeted by prosecutors in Sao Paulo who demand action against him for “Heritage occultation” and detention as part of a parallel investigation.
“I manifest because I’m sick of so much corruption and to protest against the widespread disorder in this country,” told AFP Rosilene Feitosa, a pensioner of 61, in Sao Paulo.
“I have voted for the PT. But I’ll never do it. I was with Lula, but I do not want anything to do with this corrupt indecent, “she added.
The weekend had started badly for Dilma Rousseff. Saturday, the pillar of his parliamentary coalition, the big centrist PMDB party in joint session in Brasilia was given 30 days to decide whether or not slam the door of the government.
And the week that appears to be just as difficult, with the reactivation of the impeachment procedure initiated against him by the opposition in December, once the Federal Supreme Court (STF) in will set the rules Wednesday .
Dilma Rousseff met Sunday night in Brasilia with his senior ministers to assess the situation. The presidency was limited to salute the “peaceful” conduct of events in a brief statement.