From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tuesday 30th May 2017
Brazilians keep up pressure on corruption-tainted president
THOUSANDS of Brazilians marched through Rio de Janeiro on Sunday before gathering in dense fog on the world-famous Copacabana beach to demand coup-installed President Michel Temer’s resignation and new elections to choose his replacement.
The people crammed around the stage to sing along with the performers and to chant: “Temer out. Direct elections now” between songs.
“This concert is neither of the right nor of the left. It is for the right of the Brazilian people to choose their next president,” declared leading actor Wagner Moura, who introduced the artists on stage.
However, there was a multitude of red union banners and flags representing the Workers Party of ousted president Dilma Rousseff.
Mr Temer’s standing has sunk even lower after recent revelations that he endorsed paying bribes to ensure the silence of a former MP who is in prison for corruption.
The president’s already deeply unpopular government sparked further criticism last week when it authorised the military to crack down on anti-government protests in Brasilia.
The decree, which gave soldiers police powers to quash demonstrations, was revoked the next day, having provoked widespread outrage.
The country’s highest court is investigating Mr Temer for obstruction of justice and involvement in passive corruption.
If he resigns, the Chamber of Deputies speaker serves for up to 30 days until Congress decides who will finish the term, which runs until October next year.
“It is legal, but it is not ethical,” Mr Moura said of Congress picking a new leader. “Morally, we have to elect our next president.”
While 85 per cent of the Brazilian population favours direct elections, according to recent polls, the political elite in Congress opposes it.
About 60 per cent of the members of both chambers of Congress are under investigation for various crimes including corruption.