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Brazil’s Temer Faces Brewing Mutiny by Allies Amid Corruption Scandal

  • Ministry set on fire by demonstrators outside Congress
  • No consensus on replacement for president in indirect vote
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Demonstrations against embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer exploded into scenes of violence across the capital city of Brasilia Wednesday. Protesters set fire to the Agriculture Ministry, trashed several government buildings and clashed repeatedly with police, prompting the government to deploy the armed forces.

The outpouring of violence -- the worst to hit Brasilia in years -- ratcheted up the pressure on Temer just as he sought to suppress a revolt in his own party by lawmakers who want to oust him after last week’s damaging graft allegations.