Brazil’s president calls up army to quell mass protest

May 25, 2017, 7:47 AM EDT
Brazil's President Michel Temer
(Source: Michel Temer/flickr)

Brazil’s President Michel Temer, facing fierce protests over allegedly approving hush money linked to a massive scandal at a state-run oil company, has deployed army in the country's capital Brasilia, to rein in the angry demonstrators seeking his immediate ouster.

Public support for Temer has fast eroded as Brazil’s top court investigates his passive role in corruption and his efforts in obstruction of justice, notes Al Jazeera. Thousands of protesters took to streets on Wednesday, opposing Temer’s agenda of fresh economic reforms.

Temer’s decision to call up army drew widespread flak as it brought back the memories of a brutal 1964-1985 military dictatorship, writes Reuters.