Protesters Storm Brazil: ‘Enjoy the Olympics, We Are Paying a High Price for It!’

Activists protest against suspended president Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 31, 2016.
Protesters took to the streets of Brazil on Sunday to demand the final leaving of suspended President Dilma Rousseff or to defend her permanence, just five days before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Miguel Schincariol        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)
Tens of thousands of protesters in at least fifty municipalities across Brazil took to the streets Sunday to protest the corruption of the Workers’ Party and its leader, impeached president Dilma Rousseff. Aware of mounting international attention as the Olympics begin next week, protesters made signs in English accusing socialist leaders of corruption. The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reports that police estimated a total of 43,000 protesters took the streets in every city except the two largest in the nation: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Police did not release crowd size estimates for those two cities, but noted that those in attendance believe these two cities boasted the largest crowds. Protests in various cities both called for the Senate to oust Rousseff – she has only been temporarily removed until her Senate trial takes place in late August – and called for acting president Michel Temer, himself accused of various transgressions, to step down. Anti-Rousseff protesters also demanded that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT) predecessor, be sent to prison. Da Silva has been implicated in a corruption conspiracy known as “Operation Lava Jato [Car Wash].” The operation involved da Silva’s ministers overcharging for