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Monday May 29, 2017

From The Guardian

Leading Brazilian musicians stage protest concert in Rio
By: AFP

Several hundred people attended a concert by top Brazilian musicians in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in the latest protest demanding the resignation of President Michel Temer and calling for new elections.

Caught up in serious corruption allegations, Temer is refusing to step down, hanging onto his office in the face of mounting popular pressure and the risk his all-important parliamentary support base may collapse.

“If we push him, Temer will fall!” protesters shouted between two performances.

Caetano Veloso — who helped revolutionize popular Brazilian music in the 1970s — headlined the event on Copacabana beach, together with Milton Nascimento, another star of the same generation.

The diverse performances ranged from the samba of Teresa Cristina and Martnalia to the rap of Mano Brown and Criolo.

Temer vowed to stay in the fight on Sunday.

“Brazil has not stopped and is not going to stop despite the political crisis, which I acknowledge and we are navigating,” he said in a column published in the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

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