[ View the story "Protesting for a new political order in Brazil" on Storify] Protesting for a new political order in Brazil Calls for impeachment reveal rift between public and political system
The Stream· Thu, Aug 20 2015 19:23:02
Dilma Rousseff is the most
Brazilian president since the end of military rule in 1985. A whopping 71 per cent of Brazilians
the president’s performance is “bad” or “very bad”. That’s the harshest sentiment she’s seen since taking office in 2011
A lot of the frustration stems from a
economy and a colossal corruption
involving the Brazilian energy company Petrobras. Rousseff served on the company’s board of directors between 2003 to 2010, around the same time the graft allegedly took place. She denies involvement in the scandal.
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream I'm part of the 71%Giovani Peixer Dada
I don't want President Dilma Rousseff impeached unless concrete evidence is found that she was part of Petrobras corruption scandals.Bruja Nicole Froio
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream I think some are also starting to feel the pressure from the economic slowdown and aren't happy w/the gov's responseRioGringa
A lawyer here tells me military intervention is now #Brazil's only option. "#impeachment not enough - Temer, Cunha, Calheiros must go, too"Ben Tavener
Hundreds of thousands of people
on Sunday against Rousseff and her left-wing
(PT). Many demanded her impeachment, while a minority called for a military coup. Groups like
Movimento Brasil Livre
(Free Brazil Movement) and
Vem Pra Rua Brasil
(Come To The Streets Brazil) organised through social media.
#vemprarua 16/08 Brasíliadanleite
São Paulo is also rallying against Workers Party and asking for #ForaDilma. Millions on the streets against socialism
Unsettling vitriol at Rio protest against Dilma Rousseff. This demonstrator calls on the president to kill herself
Flashmobs and Batman costumes were mixed among protests.
Holy anti-government Batman! The masked defender is here, and he's singing #ForaDilma #ForaPT #Brazil #Rio
Dança "Fora Dilma" - Música "Seja Patriota"Consciência Patriótica
Government critics reportedly paid thousands of dollars for a giant inflatable balloon of former President Lula da Silva dressed as a convict. The PT member was once the most popular president in the Brazilian history.
described the protesters as mostly “white, middle-class Brazilians”. Yet a recent survey said most Brazilians advocating for Rousseff’s impeachment are from the poorest areas of the country, and were crucial to her 2014 re-election.
@mmbilal @AJStream The unpopularity of Rousseff and the PT is because of the lies in the political campaign and corruption. No ideology.Heber Lobato Jr.
@AJStream The PT's biggest failure is having turned its back on its social base, on social movements etc.Bernardo Jurema
@AJStream Corruption is the single largest problem of every Latin American govt. And the left hasn’t managed to be any different.Ana Melissa
Those supporters-turned-critics aren’t well represented in the mass protests. And commentators online say the anti-Rousseff movement doesn’t represent the desires of Brazil’s diverse population.
Image below perfectly summarizes the profile of the participants in today's "protests" in #Brazil
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream There's a big push from the wealthiests sectors of society to get rid of Dilma and her moderately leftist program.Compa Briseida R.
@AJStream they don't represent me, the poor or the workers. they're are rich, well educated, white, and want a dictatorial regimeno name
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream this photo is from march 15th protests, not this sun, but it's simbolic of this social cutting
The Workers Party is fighting back against criticism by organizing rallies of its own. It says they’re "against the coup and for democracy".
PELA DEMOCRACIA A juventude vai às ruas na ...Juventude do PT - Oficial
@SoniaAnanti @AJStream I defend some politics that now are seing as Dilma`s. Bot specially democracy needs to be reinforced. Hard on 140c...Eduardo Amorim
If most Brazilians don’t like the current political situation, what is the alternative?