Source: TeleSUR English
Social movements, trade unions and student groups mobilized en masse across in Brazil on Thursday. The rallies were organized to defend democracy and condemn the right-wing coup attempt against President Dilma Rousseff, who is currently facing threats of impeachment.
The peaceful demonstrators, many waving the red flags of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, gathered in 31 cities, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and northern centers like Recife.
“No to the coup,” said one placard popular at the protests. “Democracy,” read a large banner at the gathering in Rio.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s financial powerhouse, Francisco Ranieri, 50, said he had taken to the streets “because now is the moment.”
“The opposition wants to push Dilma from power to end the people’s government,” added Ranieri, a shopkeeper.
“Dilma is the victim of a coup,” said another demonstrator, teacher Ana Cristina Bentes, 52.