Police Crack Down on Protesters Demanding Temer’s Ouster

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.
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.”

As they marched toward congress, police unleashed tear gas and stun grenades, and television images showed them clubbing some demonstrators with truncheons.
As they marched toward congress, police unleashed tear gas and stun grenades, and television images showed them clubbing some demonstrators with truncheons.Photo:Reuters
Temer faces investigations for corruption and obstruction of justice after the damning wiretap.
Temer faces investigations for corruption and obstruction of justice after the damning wiretap.Photo:EFE
The march was called by leftist parties, unions and other groups demanding the resignation of Temer and that his austerity measures before lawmakers be shelved.
The march was called by leftist parties, unions and other groups demanding the resignation of Temer and that his austerity measures before lawmakers be shelved.Photo:Reuters
Demonstrator reacts after sustaining an injury to his head during protests against President Michel Temer.
Demonstrator reacts after sustaining an injury to his head during protests against President Michel Temer.Photo:Reuters
"Out with Temer! General election now!" chanted the massive crowd, estimated by organizers to number as many as 150,000, a large turnout in the federal district with a population of 3 million.
“Out with Temer! General election now!” chanted the massive crowd, estimated by organizers to number as many as 150,000, a large turnout in the federal district with a population of 3 million.Photo:Reuters
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators.
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators.Photo:Reuters
A protester injured during the violent clashes with riot police is given aid.
A protester injured during the violent clashes with riot police is given aid.Photo:EFE
Under the banner of Occupy Brasilia, the demonstrations demanded the president resign and that snap elections be held now instead of in 2018.
Under the banner of Occupy Brasilia, the demonstrations demanded the president resign and that snap elections be held now instead of in 2018.Photo:Reuters
Riot police set up cordons around the modernistic congress building where lawmakers met to discuss a post-Temer transition should the president resign or be ousted by one of Brazil
Riot police set up cordons around the modernistic congress building where lawmakers met to discuss a post-Temer transition should the president resign or be ousted by one of Brazil’s top courts.Photo:Reuters
Riot police fire tear gas at the anti-Temer protesters.
Riot police fire tear gas at the anti-Temer protesters.Photo:Reuters
Ambulances arrived on the scene to treat an unknown number of injured.
Ambulances arrived on the scene to treat an unknown number of injured.Photo:EFE

SOURCE: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/multimedia/Police-Crack-Down-on-Protesters-Demanding-Temers-Ouster-20170524-0027.html

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