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SAO PAULO (Web Desk) – Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests across Brazil calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.


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Support for Ms Rousseff has fallen to single-digit figures in recent polls.

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Many voters have accused her of failing to stamp out corruption and blame her for the economy’s worst slump in 25 years.

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Marchers took over Copacabana beach in Rio and also demonstrated outside congress in the capital Brasilia, the BBC reported on Monday.

Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo March 15, 2015. Protest organizers in dozens of cities across Brazil are planning marches to pressure Rousseff over unpopular budget cuts and a corruption scandal that has snared leaders of her political coalition. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CITYSCAPE) - RTR4TGWG

Many wore the yellow shirts of the Brazilian football team, and sang the national anthem, carrying banners saying “Dilma Out”.

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About 350,000 people took part in protests in Sao Paulo, police say.

Another 25,000 people took part in a demonstration in the capital, Brasilia.

BRA506. BRASILIA (BRASIL), 15/03/2015.- Cientos de personas participan en una manifestación contra la presidenta brasileña, Dilma Rousseff, hoy, domingo 15 de marzo de 2015, en la ciudad de Brasilia (Brasil). Cientos de miles de personas protestaron contra la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, en Brasilia, en el marco de una jornada de manifestaciones convocadas en decenas de ciudades de todo el país. La protesta de Brasilia comenzó a las 9.30 hora local (12.30 GMT) en la explanada de los ministerios y llegó hasta la frente del Congreso Nacional Brasileño, con la participación de grupos de ciudadanos opositores sin vínculo declarado con partidos políticos. Los manifestantes corearon consignas contra Rousseff y el oficialista Partido de los Trabajadores (PT) y en rechazo de la corrupción. EFE/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

The national day of action is the third major protest against Ms Rousseff and her left-wing Workers’ Part this year. Hundreds of thousands took part in demonstrations in March and April.

“We want things to change and if the people don’t go in the street that’s impossible,” said retired engineer Elino Alves de Moraes, who joined the march in Brasilia.

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Ms Rousseff is less than a year into her second term as president.

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There have also been demonstrations in recent months showing support for the embattled leader, with many claiming calls for her impeachment amount to a coup attempt.