Brazilians Protest Against Corruption

Peace and Freedom


© AFP / by Sebastian Smith | Demonstrators protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on December 4, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Brazilians marched across the country Sunday, protesting against corrupt politicians and what they said were attempts by Congress to shut down a huge anti-graft probe.

Dressed overwhelmingly in the green and yellow national colors, thousands of demonstrators filled a beachside avenue in Rio’s posh Copacabana, while several thousand gathered outside Congress in the capital Brasilia.

Another protest was due in the country’s financial powerhouse Sao Paulo, as well as in scores of smaller cities, according to organizers.

The peaceful crowds expressed support for Operation Car Wash, a probe that has uncovered mass embezzlement by politicians and top executives at state oil company Petrobras and other businesses.

“Car Wash — protected by the people,” read one placard in Rio carried by a man wrapped in…

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