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Protests show weakness of Brazil's embattled left

Activists rally during a demonstration called by the ruling Workers Party in Belo Horizonte on August 20, 2015Brazil’s embattled left staged protests in dozens of cities Thursday, but the low turnout was in sharp contrast with last weekend’s mass demonstrations against leftist President Dilma Rousseff. Four days after nearly a million people marched to call for Rousseff’s impeachment, a series of leftwing gatherings were unlikely to give the Brazilian president, whose popularity ratings are in single digits, much of a lift. The president’s Workers’ Party appealed for Brazilians to come out “in defense of democracy,” while other leftwing groups like the Homeless Workers said they were demonstrating against Rousseff’s policies — even if they opposed calls for her ouster.

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