As many as 20,000 protesters marched on Sao Paolo’s main art museum to call for the impeachment of Brazilian President Michel Temer.
Other cities across the country also held protests against the president and other politicians besmirched by the long-running investigation of a corruption scandal involving the state-owned oil company Petrobras, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Unlike past protests, these demonstrations included people from both the political right and left coming together against Temer, who was allegedly caught on tape encouraging a powerful businessman to bribe the jailed former speaker of the Lower House to keep him quiet.
In plea-bargain testimony given to Brazil’s Supreme Court, Joesley Batista, the head of the meat-packing giant JBS, accused Temer and former Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of receiving millions in bribes. Temer became president in September when Rousseff was impeached.
The testimony is expected to derail the controversial pension reform that Temer was attempting to push through Congress. However, he has denied any wrongdoing and vowed he will not step down.
“The only future for Brazil now is an election,” the Times quoted a protester as saying.