Brazil cops fire tear gas at im­peach­ment protesters

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SAO PAULO — Po­lice fired tear gas late on Mon­day to dis­perse demon­stra­tors who lit fires in the street of Sao Paulo to protest the loom­ing im­peach­ment of sus­pended pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff.

Riot po­lice and trucks dis­persed sev­eral thou­sand protesters on the main Paulista av­enue in the cen­tre of the coun­try’s eco­nomic cap­i­tal.

The protest came as Rouss­eff de­fended her­self in the cap­i­tal Brasilia in the Se­nate, whose mem­bers were ex­pected to vote to im­peach her by Wed­nes­day.

Protesters in Sao Paulo blocked streets with burn­ing bins and bar­ri­ers.

Some 2 000 Rouss­eff sup­port­ers also ral­lied near the Se­nate in Brasilia and a few hun­dred in Rio de Janeiro, but no in­ci­dents were re­ported.

“Te­mer out! Dilma come back,” protesters in Brasilia yelled.

Nearby, a smaller group of a few dozen proim­peach­ment demon­stra­tors gath­ered at an­other point near the Se­nate, kept apart by po­lice from the Rouss­eff sup­port­ers. Rouss­eff was mount­ing an emo­tional last bid to avoid be­ing re­moved from power for good, end­ing 13 years of left­ist rule in Brazil.

Her ri­vals ac­cuse her of fid­dling the state ac­counts and blame her for a deep re­ces­sion in Latin Amer­ica’s big­gest econ­omy.

Rouss­eff brands the im­peach­ment drive a “coup.” — AFP.

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