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Protests erupt in Brazil as Senators debate impeachment

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 00:54

Demonstrators clash with police, and each other, in Brazil as lawmakers debate whether to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. Julie Noce reports.

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Protesters clash with police in cities across Brazil on Wednesday night as lawmakers debate whether to put President JEEL-mah ROO-sehf Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. In Brasilia, police used pepper spray against Rousseff supporters in a protest just outside the Senate building. Inside, Senators both for and against the vote to put her on trial give speeches well into the night. If a simple majority is reached, Rousseff will be replaced by the vice president for the duration of her trial which could last up to six months. In Sao Paolo, more clashes as police wrestle demonstrators to the ground. Pro and anti Rousseff demonstrators met on the city's main street. Some exchanged words... and pushed each other. The political crisis has deepened Brazil's recession and comes at a time when Brazil hoped to be shining on the world stage as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

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Protests erupt in Brazil as Senators debate impeachment

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 00:54