Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
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Brazil’s suspended president mounted a defiant and emotional defense of her presidency on Monday during the senate impeachment trial that is due to decide whether to oust her for good.
The impeachment crisis has paralyzed activity in Brasilia, just four months before the country is due to host the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and as it seeks to battle an epidemic of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in newborns.
Massive anti-government demonstrations led by the middle classes hide the stories of many Brazilians, particularly among the poor, who still support Rousseff or see little credible alternative.
President Rousseff’s efforts to block impeachment with the help of former president Lula have backfired, as he is now implicated in a corruption probe involving dozens of politicians. Mass protests have increased the pressure.
Federal investigators detained Lula for questioning in police custody last week before charging him on Wednesday, fanning a political crisis that has rattled his successor, President Dilma Rousseff.
Brazilian police disperse scuffles between rival protesters demonstrating over the questioning of former President Lula on corruption allegations.
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