Anti-government protests in Brasília on Wednesday turned violent, with President Michel Temer calling in Army troops and ordering government buildings evacuated following mob attacks using rocks and molotov cocktails. The President issued a rarely used order known as a Guarantee of Law and Order, which confers police powers on federal troops. Police said some 35,000 protestors gathered in the nation’s capital Wednesday in what was dubbed the Occupy Brasília Movement. They are demanding impeachment of President Temer, who is under investigation for alleged corruption. The demonstration turned violent Wednesday afternoon when small groups of protestors tossed rocks and molotov cocktails at government buildings, including the Finance Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry. Police and federal troops responded with tear gas. By late afternoon Congress had adjourned and the main ministry buildings on the Brasília esplanade had been evacuated. Temer is under investigation for possible violations of campaign finance laws as well as bribery and other crimes. In a series of public statements, he has declared his innocence of the allegations.
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