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Protests held in Brazilian cities demanding President Temer’s resignation

YEREVAN, MAY 19, ARMENPRESS. Protests have erupted in Brazil’s major cities over President Michel Temer’s decision not to step down, despite allegations of direct involvement in the unfolding bribery scandal, RT reports.

Around 5,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro, chanting “direct elections, now” and carrying banners reading “out with Temer.”

Anti-Temer demonstrations have also been held in San Paolo and the country’s capital, Brasília, where demonstrators gathered in front of the parliament building. Hundreds flocked to the presidential headquarters in the country’s capital shouting “Temer out.”

In Rio, a small group of demonstrators threw bottles and fireworks at military police, who deployed tear gas and stun grenades in response, Globo TV reported.

The protest was sparked by Temer’s statement on Thursday in which he vowed not to resign, insisting on his innocence.

The ongoing political turmoil in Brazil was triggered by the release of audio recordings, reportedly revealing that the president and his closest allies engaged in bribery schemes.

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