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Brazil protests aim to oust embattled President Rousseff

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 01:23

Tens of thousands demonstrate across Brazil, calling for impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff for corruption as economy continues to slump. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: This is what you typically picture when you think of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. But, this was the scene Sunday as thousands gathered at Copacabana Beach to join a countrywide protest against President Dilma Rousseff and the ruling Workers Party. Rousseff is a technocrat who had never run for public office before ascending to the presidency in 2011. As Brazil's economy sinks, she's facing calls that she should step down due to allegations of illegal campaign financing and attempts to doctor the national budget last year. Luiz Paulo Loureiro, a student in Rio, said the demonstration was not political, and had no party affiliation. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese - rough translation) STUDENT, LUIZ PAULO LOUREIRO, SAYING: "We are here, people from the right and the left, no matter. Indignant people who want real change and want an end to a corrupt and lying government." The country is in the midst of a corruption scandal surrounding its state run oil company, which is dragging down the construction sector. A Datafolha poll released last week showed that 70% of respondents want the president impeached. The poll also showed that Rousseff has the highest unfavorable rating of any leader since the research firm began such reports in 1987. Rousseff herself said last week that she would not consider quitting.

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Brazil protests aim to oust embattled President Rousseff

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 01:23