Millions protest in Brazil against leader and corruption

HUGE CROWD: Protesters gather on Paulista Ave in Sao Paulo.
HUGE CROWD: Protesters gather on Paulista Ave in Sao Paulo. SEBASTI O MOREIRA

ANTI-corruption protests across much of Brazil drew up to three million people onto the streets yesterday, according to police estimates from more than 150 cities.

The state security agency estimated that 1.8 million attended demonstrations in the state of Sao Paulo.

Much of the anger was directed towards President Dilma Rousseff, who last month was accused of trying to interfere in corruption probes.

She is also being investigated over the funding of her 2014 re-election campaign.

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was also a target for the protesters. Ms Rousseff was his chief of staff.

He was detained for questioning on March 4 over corruption allegations and on Friday a request for his arrest was made by prosecutors.

Both the President and "Lula" have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

The protests build on a series of demonstrations last year that demanded the impeachment of President Rousseff.

With the country experiencing its worst recession in decades and corruption scandals lingering, much of the population is angry over the country's spending on last year's football World Cup and this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Opinion polls show more than half of Brazilians favour the impeachment of the President.

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