Amid massive protests demanding the ouster of #Brazilian President #MichelTemer, local riot police used #teargas and #concussiongrenades against groups of violent protesters in the Brazilian capital, where according to GloboNews protesters set fire to several ministry buildings on Wednesday afternoon, as tens of thousands gathered outside Congress.
ERRATA: The protesters set on fire the Brazilian "IRS" federal buildings in Brasília the capital of Brazil and the Ministry of Agriculture pic.twitter.com/NZRHvFfQGC — Silver Surfer (@AlexLFz) May 24, 2017
#Brazil #Brasilia Protesters have set fire to the finance ministry. pic.twitter.com/BELC17UWIU — Genvisec Infomap (@GenvisecInfomap) May 24, 2017
Protesters chanting "Out with Temer!" marched to the presidential palace to demand an end to austerity reforms, AFP reports adding that police stopped their advance by using tear gas, while the protesters retaliated by throwing stones at the officers. "It's the end of this putchist government. That's why the people have taken to the streets," said Francisca Gomes, 59, who came from #SaoPaulo for the protest and carried a funeral ribbon carrying the image of the president and the words: "RIP Temer." Brasilia's security service said that 500 buses had converged on the capital, with some 25,000 protesters. Organizers claimed there were far more, but an independent estimate was not immediately possible.
The protest began peacefully but clashes erupted almost as soon as the crowd got close to the government complex, where large numbers of riot police hiding behind black shields and others on horseback stood in reserve. Driven back, the protesters spread out, with some throwing stones against ministry buildings. "Damned government," a man said as he retreated, with eyes streaming from the effects of the tear gas. "In a democracy, no government can resist when the people take to the streets," said Dorival Pereira, 60, who had traveled 18 hours from Mato Grosso do Sul to be at the protest. Like many demonstrators, she wore a T-shirt with the slogan "Elections now!" 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾