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Here's What Brazilian Protesters Said When Asked About The President's Impeachment

BuzzFeed Brazil went to Brasilia to find out what people think about the impeachment of their president, the 2018 elections, and public participation.

Posted on April 19, 2016, at 10:32 a.m. ET

BuzzFeed Brazil spoke to people gathered at the demonstrations in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on Sunday, where the lower house voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Writers Iran Giuste and Gaspar José asked each demonstrator three questions: "Are you in favor of the impeachment?", "Who would you vote for in 2018?" and "Why are you out here on the street today?" Here are some of their responses.

Are you for or against Dilma's impeachment?

"In favor!"

- Gabriela Carneiro, 40, airplane pilot, from Rio de Janeiro.
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- Gabriela Carneiro, 40, airplane pilot, from Rio de Janeiro.

"I'm against this coup!"

— Hélio Dutra, 62, retired, from Volta Redonda (Rio de Janeiro state).
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— Hélio Dutra, 62, retired, from Volta Redonda (Rio de Janeiro state).

"I'm against the fascist coup"

— Ildefonso de Pauta, 62, retired, from Rio de Janeiro.
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— Ildefonso de Pauta, 62, retired, from Rio de Janeiro.

"[In] favor!"

— Adilson Marcio, 26, university student, from Brasília.
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— Adilson Marcio, 26, university student, from Brasília.

"Stay, Dilma! Down with the coup!"

— Nilson Carneiro Sales, 57, metal worker, from Volta Redonda (Rio de Janeiro state).
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— Nilson Carneiro Sales, 57, metal worker, from Volta Redonda (Rio de Janeiro state).

"Yes, I'm in favor of the impeachment"

— Ione Dias, 65, retired public servant, from Brasília.
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— Ione Dias, 65, retired public servant, from Brasília.

Who would you vote for President in 2018?

"Lula 2018"

— Sandra Regina Flavia, real estate agent, 60, from Brasília. Lula da Silva is the former president of Brazil, who held office from 2002 to 2010, and although he is well-liked, recent corruption allegations have hurt his popularity.
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— Sandra Regina Flavia, real estate agent, 60, from Brasília.

Lula da Silva is the former president of Brazil, who held office from 2002 to 2010, and although he is well-liked, recent corruption allegations have hurt his popularity.

"Joaquim Barbosa"

— Adilson Marcio, 26, student, Brasilia.Joaquim Barbosa served as a Supreme Court judge for 11 years, during which he oversaw one of the biggest corruption trials in the country.
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— Adilson Marcio, 26, student, Brasilia.

Joaquim Barbosa served as a Supreme Court judge for 11 years, during which he oversaw one of the biggest corruption trials in the country.

"Bolsonaro is a #myth"

— Tiago Birnfela, 27, salesman, from Mato Grosso.Jair Bolsanaro is a right-wing politician who served in the Brazilian military during the dictatorship.
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— Tiago Birnfela, 27, salesman, from Mato Grosso.

Jair Bolsanaro is a right-wing politician who served in the Brazilian military during the dictatorship.

"None of the candidates!!!"

— Helton da Silva Brito, 29, lawyer, from Brasília.
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— Helton da Silva Brito, 29, lawyer, from Brasília.

"Someone who cares about Brazil."

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"2018 is still uncertain, but definitely not Bolsonaro, right? #2018esquerdanopoder"

— Kevin Travares de Souza, 20, university student, from São Paulo.
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— Kevin Travares de Souza, 20, university student, from São Paulo.

"Lula, he's like Zé do Caroço"

— Lia Maria dos Santos de Deus, 26 anos, university student, Brasília.
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— Lia Maria dos Santos de Deus, 26 anos, university student, Brasília.

Why are you on the street today?

"I'm not with the PT party, I came for democracy and against losing our rights!"

— Fernanda Aguiar de Melo, 27, social worker, from Rio de Janeiro.
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— Fernanda Aguiar de Melo, 27, social worker, from Rio de Janeiro.

"Victory comes from the ballot box and the voice of the people should be respected!! #opovoésoberano"

- David Ribeiro da Silveira, 19, university student, from Rio de Janeiro.
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- David Ribeiro da Silveira, 19, university student, from Rio de Janeiro.

"To show my outrage!!!"

— Maria Paula Carneiro de Oliveira, 31, biomedical professional, from Rio de Janeiro.
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— Maria Paula Carneiro de Oliveira, 31, biomedical professional, from Rio de Janeiro.

"Political reform now!"

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"I work for a living, I'm fighting against the people exploiting my class!"

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"In defense of democracy and the vote made by 54 million Brazilians."

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"Today I'm in the street because between the right and the left I'm black and a macumba player. I know what social invisibility and racism means... So the next generations should be about respect, PPP, and humanization."

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