Nationwide protests sweep across Brazil calling for the removal of President Dilma Rousseff amid an economic and political crisis. Natasha Howitt reports.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters across Brazil have taken to the streets, calling for President Dilma Rousseff to step down. The leftist leader is being blamed for the country plummeting into a recession. She is also accused of corruption, as a sweeping investigation known as "Operation Car Wash" nears her inner circle. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ACTIVIST OF THE MOVEMENT COME TO THE STREET, CHARLES PUTZ, SAYING: "Our country's worst problem is corruption, and this here is a demonstration that the population cannot bear any more corruption. We are here demonstrating in favour of Operation Car Wash, in favour of the investigations, judgements and sentences. We believe that justice must be done, no one is beyond the law, everything must be taken forward and everyone must be judged and punished accordingly." Anti-government rallies lost momentum late last year. But now, they are at their biggest ever. They might just encourage Congress to impeach Rousseff, a scenario more than half of Brazilians are said to favour.