Pro-government rallies in 25 of Brazil’s 27 states drew thousands of participants Friday but the numbers did not reach the same order of magnitude as anti-government protests last Sunday, according to news reports. Reports said demonstrations of support for President Dilma Rousseff drew a few hundred participants in each of about 20 states scattered in Brazil’s North and Northeast. In the larger states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul and in the federal capital of Brasília, rallies drew from about 1,000 to 10,000 government supporters. All told, pro-government rallies may have reached about 100,000 nationwide, reports said. Anti-government rallies in all 27 states last Sunday drew a record of some 2.8 million protestors, according to press reports. Rousseff faces possible impeachment because of alleged mishandling of government funds and obstruction of justice. Her administration has also become extremely unpopular because of an economic downturn accompanied by double-digit inflation.
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