Brazilians in cities including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia staged demonstrations as the ruling party took to airways to defend itself from allegations of corruption.
Engaging in a traditional form of protest for Latin America, some Brazilians on Tuesday evening banged pots and pans while the Workers’ Party aired a television spot pledging to ban members who have been convicted of corruption. President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, are members of the party, known as PT.
The 10-minute PT commercial follows charges that the party received millions of dollars in illegal campaign money. It denies the allegations. More than one million Brazilians in March took to the streets to vent discontent over the deepening economic malaise and charges of government graft.
Rousseff, whose approval rating is at a record low, didn’t appear in the commercial.