Dilma Roussef has presided over her first Independence Day Parade as President of Brazil. She and her family watched the traditional military display in the country’s capital, Brasilia.
But behind the pomp and ceremony, day-to-day issues refused to go away.
Hundreds of people wearing clown noses and face paint gathered to protest against corruption in the country. Roussef’s government has been linked to several corruption scandals since she came to power in January. Four ministers have resigned.
The demonstrators used mops and buckets in a metaphorical attempt to clean up the steps of Congress.