© AFP | Riot police clash with supporters of Brazil’s sacked ex-president Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, on September 4, 2016
The Senate voted Wednesday to convict Rousseff on charges of having illegally manipulated government accounts, stripping her of her office and replacing her with Temer, her bitter enemy and former vice president.
The protest ended with clashes between demonstrators and police, who fired gas bombs, according to the news website G1.
Temer, who after being sworn in promptly traveled to China for the G20 summit, said the protests were done by “small groups and predators.”
“These are small groups … I don’t have it numerically, but they are 40, 50, 100 people. It’s nothing more than that. Out of 204 million Brazilians, I don’t think it means much,” media outlets quoted Temer as saying.
The opposition dismissed the president’s figures: “The coup president of Brazil said that our demonstration would have 40 people. Here are those 40 people — we’re already almost 100,000 on Paulista Avenue,” said Guilherme Boulos, a member of one of the opposition groups that organized the protest.
The demonstration was held in the late afternoon so as not to interfere with the passing of the torch from the Paralympic Games, a Rio event due to start within three days — where another 2,000 people had demonstrated.
Rousseff was Brazil’s first woman president.
Brazil has once again been rocked by a fresh series of large-scale protests. The largest demonstrations took place in cities like San Paulo and Rio-de-Janeiro, according to the Globo TV Channel. Smaller demonstrations were held in Curitiba and other Brazilian cities. Rallies were also staged in the capital Brasilia.
The group turned violent at a subway station and began damaging turnstiles and throwing rocks at anti-riot police at the end of the demonstration, the public safety department said.
Police said they had to fire tear gas to prevent vandalism at the end of a peaceful march, sparking all-out panic and scuffles. Stun grenades and water cannon were also used by police.
When asked about the protests that were taking place in Brazil, the effective president Michael Temer downplayed the scale of the events.
“There are 40, 50, 100 people, nothing more than that,” he claimed during the G20 summit in China. “They are small groups, not popular movements of any size… In a population of 204 million Brazilians, they are not representative.”