‘I am here today because I am against the coup in Brazil,’ says Dilma Rousseff supporter
At the famous Copacabana Beach, a large installation of the multi-coloured Olympic rings has been drawing crowds of selfie-seeking locals and tourists ahead of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
But the attraction has caught the attention of another less celebratory crowd — thousands of protesters.
“A large protest has kind of taken over this part of Copacabana Beach,” reports CBC’s Susan Ormiston during a Facebook Live from Rio on Friday.
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“This is a political protest, they’ve been here for over an hour, and they’re protesting the really chaotic politics that have happened in Brazil over the last few months,” said Ormiston, referring to former president Dilma Rousseff’s suspension and impeachment trial.
After being accused of breaking budget laws, Rousseff was replaced by interim President Michel Temer.
“This protest is basically asking Brazil to bring on more democracy,” Ormiston said. “They’re unhappy with the way Presidential Politics have worked.”
She said the protests are not really about the Olympics, and more against Temer taking power from Rousseff, with demonstrators holding signs reading “Fora Temer,” which means “Temer Out.”