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Protests in Brazil amid impeachment turmoil

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 01:15

Pro-government protesters take to the streets of major Brazilian cities, burning tires and snarling traffic, as the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff gets back on track. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Scenes of defiance across Brazil by pro-government protesters... Amid news that President Dilma Rousseff's looming suspension from office is back on track. The reason? A change of mind by Waldir Maranhao, speaker of the lower house of Congress. On Monday, he made the surprise decision to ANNUL an April impeachment vote against Rousseff. But then on Tuesday, he reversed his decision, but made no mention of why... prompting outrage on the streets of Sao Paulo. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) KIOSK WORKER, WALTER MATOS, SAYING: "That is really an embarrassment. That was a form of a coup, a coup against the Brazilian people." (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN CITIZEN, HUMBERTO ANTONIO, SAYING: " think we're lacking the right path...Unfortunately, Maranhao has set a terrible example." Now the Senate is set to vote on whether to put Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. If a majority is in favor -- as is widely expected -- Rousseff will automatically be suspended from office for up to six months....and removed definitively if convicted. She's denied committing any crime and vows to fight impeachment by all legal means.

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Protests in Brazil amid impeachment turmoil

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 01:15