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Brazil Marches to Defend Democracy

Social movements, trade unions and student groups mobilized en masse across the country Thursday, to defend democracy and condemn the right-wing coup attempt against President Dilma Rousseff, who is currently facing threats of impeachement.
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People attend a protest against impeachment proceedings against Brazil
People attend a protest against impeachment proceedings against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 31, 2016. Photo:Reuters
 President Dilma Rousseff is currently facing threats of impeachment which government supporter have called an attempt of a political coup against the democratic government.
President Dilma Rousseff is currently facing threats of impeachment which government supporter have called an attempt of a political coup against the democratic government. Photo:Reuters
Supporters from the PT party and the CUT union join together in Sao Paulo in an act of solidarity with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Supporters from the PT party and the CUT union join together in Sao Paulo in an act of solidarity with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Photo:EFE
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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff smiles during a meeting with artists and intellectuals in defense of democracy at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 31, 2016 . Photo:Reuters
Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (Unified Workers
Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (Unified Workers' Central) chant slogans in support of the country's president. “We will not recognize an eventual interim government led by Michel Temer,” said President of Sao Paulo's main trade union CUT, Douglas Izzo, commenting on the mobilization.
Protests took place in at least 56 cities of the country, including in Brasilia where former President Lula da Silva led over 100,000 people according to the organizers
Protests took place in at least 56 cities of the country, including in Brasilia where former President Lula da Silva led over 100,000 people according to the organizers' estimate. Photo:Twitter / @j_livres
The protests coincided with the national annual march commemorating the anniversary of the 1964 coup, which overthrew President Joao Goulart from the progressive Labor Party.
The protests coincided with the national annual march commemorating the anniversary of the 1964 coup, which overthrew President Joao Goulart from the progressive Labor Party. Photo:Reuters
Members of the social movements and the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) participate on March 31, 2016 in a mobilization in defence of democracy, workers’ rights and against the call for a coup against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Members of the social movements and the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) participate on March 31, 2016 in a mobilization in defence of democracy, workers’ rights and against the call for a coup against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Photo:EFE
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