Brazil’s new president booed at Independence Day parade
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 8, 2016
Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer, was booed at an annual military parade in the capital Brasilia on Wednesday, his first public outing since taking power last week. “Out with Temer!” shouted protesters at the heavily policed ceremony. Supporters of Temer however applauded the new leader.
Temer, who was sworn in as president after the removal from office of his rival Dilma Rousseff in an impeachment trial, ditched the traditional open top Rolls Royce used for the parade, instead using a closed presidential vehicle. The military parade in the center of Brasilia kicked off nationwide events marking Brazil’s September seventh Independence Day. However, there were also protests around the country in support of Rousseff, an unpopular leftist leader who was found guilty by the Senate of breaking accounting laws.