On Sunday, March 13, the Brazilian opposition marched on the streets of several cities in Brazil to protest against the government of Dilma Rousseff and the Petrobras corruption case, against other slogans.
Rousseff is facing a request for political trial to end with her term before its expiration, in 2018.
“We are on the streets because we can’t stand this government anymore. Deputies, Senators, we demand Dilma’s impeachment”, said Rodrigo Chequer, leader of the Vem pra Rua organization, one of the organizers of the protest.
Leaders from the opposition were present at the march. One of them was senator Aécio Neves, defeated by Dilma in the latest elections.
The right has become , which, some say, is an attempt to turn the public opinion against the state’s management of the company to privatize it.
Several protesters carried US flags and others raised their arm emulating the nazi salute.
Others even demanded the military to take over the control of the country. “I prefer a [military] intervention because it will end with this thieve (referringto Dilma)… The military regime brought many benefits to the country”, said one of the protesters, who identified himself as Adilson. He, in particular, wished for a military intervention to overthrow the President, but added that “it wouldn’t be definitive”, but it would serve to “bring order”.
The absence of the working-class, Afro-Brazilians and youth was noted by some, who pointed out that these groups were present in the marches that were held earlier this year in support of Lula.
An infamous photo showed a white, middle-class family that was being followed by their black, working-class nanny, who carried their baby to the march. It was seen as a symbol of the privileged Brazil imposing their desires on the working-class Brazil. Many in the middle class is dissatisfied with having lost their privileges with Dilma, while the working class generally supports the Workers’ Party.