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Rousseff supporters chain themselves in Brasilia

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 01:05

Dozens of women chain themselves to the gates of Brasilia's Planalto Palace in support of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who says she will fight to prove her innocence. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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These women chained themselves outside the presidential palace in support of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. They say, they'll fight for democracy until the end. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PROTESTER, FATIMA, SAYING: "The coup leaders in Brazil are trying to get President Dilma out and are usurping our democracy, they will only get us out of here by force because we are defending democracy and the elected mandate for more than half of Brazilians." And Rousseff said she would fight to prove her innocence after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking budget laws. This is part of her taped video address to the nation: (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) SUSPENDED BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "This judicial farce for which I am being targeted is due to the fact that, as president, I never accepted blackmail. I may have made some mistakes. But I did not commit crimes..." Her trial could take up to six months. And Centrist Vice President Michel Temer has taken over as interim president. Rousseff departed the presidential palace just hours after the Senate vote, Thursday… But these supporters say, THEY are NOT leaving.

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Rousseff supporters chain themselves in Brasilia

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 01:05