Brazil’s anti-impeachment protesters block highways at rush hour

Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 04/28/2016

NITEROI, Brazil — Demonstrators protesting the impeachment process threatening Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff occupied dozens of highways in major cities during rush hour Thursday morning, causing long backups. Organizers claimed that 30 highways in nine Brazilian states were blocked.

It was a taste of the civil disruption that the president’s supporters threaten if, as seems likely, Brazil’s Senate decides to suspend her and stage an impeachment trial in a vote next month.

An overwhelming majority of lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Brazil’s National Congress, have already voted in favor of Rousseff’s impeachment on charges that she manipulated government accounts.

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