There were mixed reactions on the streets of Brazil following news of the start of impeachment proceedings against the country’s first female president Dilma Rousseff.
Rousseff is accused of being responsible for the political paralysis of the country and for engaging in alleged fiscal irregularities amongst others.
“This is so exciting, all our efforts were worth it. We suffered a lot, I suffered so much that I almost died, but I am for young people, for my future, for my children. I am very happy,” said Marcelo Pinto, a civil servant.
Businessman Pedro Alcantara echoed the sentiments saying: “Brazil is not Venezuela, and it never will be. It is up to the Brazilian people, and if you say that people do not have power, they will provide the proof! Today, May 12, 2016, is proof that when we want change, we get it.”
Meanwhile, Rousseff’s supporters gathered outside the Planalto presidential palace vowing to continue backing her.
“It is very saddening to know that an honest woman was judged and will lose the presidency and was judged by criminals. It is revolting to watch (former President) Fernando Collor and (former presidential candidate) Aecio Neves remove President Dilma,” said Marcia Cristina.
Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly called the impeachment process a coup. On Thursday, she vowed to keep fighting.