Activists protest in Brasilia on March 17, 2016. Brazilian lawmakers relaunched impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff Thursday and a judge blocked her bid to bring her powerful predecessor into her cabinet, intensifying the political crisis engulfing her. (Photo: AFP)
Brazilian riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to clear anti-government protesters from Sao Paulo's central Avenue Paulista, local media said, ahead of a planned demonstration on Friday in favour of embattled President Dilma Rousseff.
The anti-government protesters had blocked Sao Paulo's main thoroughfare since Wednesday evening when demonstrations erupted against the appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a minister. Opponents say the move is designed to help Lula evade prosecutors who have charged him with money laundering and fraud.