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Brazil police arrest dozens as scandal escalates

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) with Minister of Justice Eugenio Aragao (R) and Government Attorney Jose Eduardo Cardozo, during a meeting on March 22, 2016 in BrasiliaBrasília (AFP) – Brazilian police arrested dozens of corruption suspects Tuesday as the scandal around state oil company Petrobras continued to escalate, and with it the threat to President Dilma Rousseff’s government. Federal police said they had uncovered a “professional and institutionalized” bribe-paying system at construction giant Odebrecht, one of the companies implicated in a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal that has rocked the Brazilian government. Rousseff, meanwhile, attended what was described as an event “in defense of democracy and legality” at the presidential palace, where legal scholars gave speeches accusing the leftist president’s opponents of violating the constitution by seeking to oust her.

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