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Brazil VP says government is 'paying attention' to protests

Brazilian vice president says government is 'paying attention' to protests urging impeachment

Brazil VP says government is 'paying attention' to protests

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer says the government "is paying attention" to demonstrations demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Michel Temer told journalists following nationwide protests Sunday that the government "needs to identify what the demands (of the demonstrations) are and attend to those demands."

Sunday's demonstrations were the second in less than a month, though turnout was much lower than on March 15.

Protesters are angry over corruption at the state-run oil giant Petrobras, as well as Brazil's spluttering economy, depreciating currency and spiraling inflation.

A poll published over the weekend suggested the majority of Brazilians support opening impeachment proceedings against Rousseff. Only 13 percent those surveyed evaluated Rousseff's administration positively.

Rousseff has not yet responded directly to Sunday's protests.

Updated : 2021-09-19 04:27 GMT+08:00