There was frustration and fury among Dilma Rousseff’s supporters at the move to oust Brazil’s democratically elected leader.
“Fascists, Fascists!” cried one woman in Brasilia, in anger at those trying to remove the president.
“This fascist congress wants to lead a coup d‘état on Brazil’s democracy. But they will not succeed. We will resist and always fight for democracy. We will be resolute in our fight all over the country,” shouted anti-impeachment demonstrator Maria de Jesus Lima.
There was incredulity as the proceedings in parliament unfolded.
The left-wing leader was only re-elected for a second term eighteen months ago.
There were chants of “Cunha Out!”, in reference to the lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha who led the impeachment proceedings.
Wearing their traditional red, her supporters vented their fury at Cunha, who is also from the largest coalition party the PMDB, which abandoned Rousseff, and who also faces corruption allegations.
“No one will give up here. No one will give up. We will not give up, the battle continues in whatever way is necessary and Brazil will continue changing and improving with us,” said pro-Rousseff demonstrator Sandro Ergueira.
The hundreds of thousands who took to the streets in Brazil were both for and against the president.
The country of 200 million people is bitterly divided over Rousseff’s fate.