IN PICTURES: Protesters swarmed the streets of Brazil’s capital to demand the resignation of scandal-marred President Temer.
teleSUR | May 24, 2017
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.Photo:Reuters
Protesters calling for the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer and new elections were met with brute police force Wednesday, with riot police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray, and charging on horses at the over 150,000-strong crowd.
The latest protests come on the heels of the most severe scandal to hit the government after a wiretap recording revealed Temer had endorsed bribes to keep former president of the lower house Eduardo Cunha — who is not in jail — quiet.
The president has vowed that he will not step down over the scandal, saying in an interview with Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, “I won’t resign, oust me if you want.”