On March 17th the Brazilian Federal Police launched the “Lava Jato” operation, which dismantled an enormous scheme of money laundering and tax evasion that according to the authorities, moved around about 10 billion reais (approximately 3.24 billion dollars). The investigation resulted in the discovery that one of the most important Brazilian companies, Petrobras and many politicians and state leaders were involved with the scheme. It was also claimed by one of the informers that the current president Dilma Roussef and the former president Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva had knowledge about the scheme.
The Brazilian population was already unhappy with Dilma Roussef’s mandate, with claims that her actions didn’t improve health, education and safety as much as it could have, and that the economical scenery in the country is getting worse by the day. So, when people heard that she could have known about this major case of corruption and might not have done anything to stop it, most Brazilians were outraged.
In 12 state capitals, the citizens rebelled when the president made a public statement, and in many cities people got out on their balconies and windows and banged on pots (as shown by the image) to display their displeasure. And then, multiple manifestations started to turn up (as shown by the map), even in small towns, claiming for her impeachment. In fact, 63% of the population wants the president to be impeached, even though, surprisingly, only 13% knows that it’s her vice-president Michel Temer who will take power.The president’s political party has been on the presidency for 12 years, and it’s not seen with good eyes by everybody. Civilians want change in Brazil and that’s the fuel that powers most of the manifestations, being believed that parties that oppose to PT could be financing some protests. This Sunday (April 12th), manifestations were seen in 18 different states and in Brasilia, where 25 thousand protesters were on the streets.
– by Mila S.