As the Brazilian Senate prepares to vote on suspended President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial Tuesday, the coup-imposed government of Michel Temer built a wall outside the National Congress to keep protesters from reaching the area.
Pro-Rousseff demonstrations are scheduled for Tuesday in Brasilia, the capital, as are pro-coup/impeachment protests.
In a Ruptly video from Monday, trucks are seen transporting materials toward the National Congress and municipal workers are seen constructing the wall, which appears to be about 4 feet high and at least 2 miles long.
Protests against the Senate-imposed government have been multiplying in the weeks leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Temer decreeing Monday that all Olympic protesters were subject to arrest, only to have it overturned by a judge who said that protests were legally covered.
Thousands of protesters are expected to come out against what is being called a "soft" coup and in support of Rousseff, who has led a progressive government under the banner of the Workers' Party since being democratically-elected in 2011.
The coup leaders need a simple majority from the 81-member Senate to move to an impeachment trial against the first woman president who, like her predecessor—Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, elected to the presidency in 2003—has been working toward bringing the marginalized sectors of Brazil into the political arena.
Temer has shown in less than three months in office that he and his coup backers intend on reversing economic, political and social gains that have benefited the poor and working classes in Brazil.