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Brazil: New President Temer booed at Independence Day Parade and at Paralympics

Brazil: New President Temer booed at Independence Day Parade and at Paralympics
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There were jeers from protesters on Wednesday as Michel Temer arrived to take part in his first Independence Day Parade as Brazil’s President.

In office for a week, after Dilma Rousseff’s removal, national celebrations should have been a happy occasion for the conservative politician, coinciding with the start of Brazil hosting the Paralympic Games.

But not even the presence of Paralympic athletes in the parade in Brasilia could deflect from the discontent being expressed in the capital and beyond.

“Temer Out,” demonstrators cried.

Rousseff supporters see the leftist leader’s impeachment, on charges of breaking budget laws, as a “coup d’etat”, overthrowing a government that advanced the interests of Brazil’s poor.

So-called ‘Scream of the Excluded’ protests, voicing anger at Temer, were held across the country, including in Rio de Janeiro where the Paralympics got underway on Wednesday night.

A spectacular firework display and a dynamic and colourful Opening Ceremony marked the start of Games that have been overshadowed by financial difficulties, a Russian team ban and political turmoil.

Inside the Maracana Stadium, President Temer was booed for a second time.

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