Nine months of political paralysis in Brazil have come to an end after the upper house of Brazils parliament decisively voted to strip Dilma Rousseff of her presidency for budgetary violations committed during her term. Rousseff’s scheduled appearance during her impeachment trial is the culmination of a fight going back to late previous year, when opponents in Congress presented a measure seeking to remove her from office.
Demonstrators burn a poster with a photo of Brazil’s President Michel Temer during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.
Brazil’s former President Dilma Rousseff was voted out by the Senate on Wednesday after being charged with illegally manipulating government accounts in connection with the country’s energy giant, Petrobras.
Rousseff, who has denied any wrongdoing, said she had no plans to run for elected office but would remain politically active in opposition to what she called the “illegitimate” government of her conservative former vicepresident.
The head of the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), Romero Juca, also condemned on Twitter the Senate’s vote separating the matter of Rousseff’s ouster from her political rights in the years ahead.
Police used stun grenades, tear gas and water canons to disperse the protesters, who became violent at a subway station, destroying turnstiles and throwing rocks at police officers, the public safety department said in a statement. The two were allies who turned into enemies, with Rousseff accusing Temer of being the ringleader behind her ouster.
Thousands of Brazilians hit the streets on Sunday (5 September) to protest against the government and new President Michel Temer.
Unlike the other protests in recent days, Sunday’s rally unfolded without any incidents between demonstrators and the police. She is appealing against her impeachment to Brazil’s Supreme Court, but legal experts say it is unlikely to succeed.
Rousseff also said she would be quick to raise her voice if Temer’s government tries to crackdown on protesters. “That’s not a demonstration”, Temer said.