In Rio, Labor Day’s celebration has protests against Rousseff’s impeachment

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Rio de Janeiro - Frente Brasil Popular promove ato contra o impeachment da presidenta Dilma Rousseff no Aterro do Flamengo, zona sul da cidade (Tânia Rêgo/Agência Brasil)

Hundreds of people performed this Sunday (May 1) in Rio de Janeiro an act against President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. Tânia Rêgo/Agência Brasil

Hundreds of people performed this Sunday (May 1) in Rio de Janeiro an act against President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. Organized by the Brazilian Popular Front, the protest has put on musical and theatrical performances, in addition to speeches delivered by members of the Workers’ Party (PT) and artists.

“Today we are going through a difficult moment in our country’s history, especially concerning democracy. We know what may happen when democracy is at stake. When democracy is harmed, the worker is the first to be harmed,” said Ricardo Pinheiro, Rio de Janeiro vice-president of PT.

Bemvindo Sequeira, actor, also spoke during the protest and defended that Rousseff should hold in power, but he believes that her situation is very complicated, even if she is not ousted after stepping down the office for 180 days for the Senate to settle the case.

“How can she come back? As a person who dies and is brought back to life? It is a strange political situation,” said the actor.

Thiago Pereira, professor, went to the protest with his mother and his 2-year-old daughter. “I particularly have a lot to criticize the government, but I believe that everything could be tackled within the institutional normality and not in an attempt to undermine the democratic rule of law,” he said.

Proceedings in the Senate

The initiation of the impeachment proceedings had been approved by the lower house, and is under deliberation in the Special Committee of the Senate. If the Senate approves the impeachment petition by a simple majority, Dilma Rousseff will step down the office for 180 days. Thus, Vice-President Michel Temer takes office during this period. If this happens, Rousseff will be prosecuted by the Senate. If she is acquitted of charges, the president would immediately be returned to office. If convicted, she is automatically removed from office, and suspended from public offices for eight years.

Translated by Amarílis Anchieta

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