Brazilians protest corrupt government, demand resignations; Americans still complacent with U.S. corruption

Monday, April 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, April 20, 2015

It is said that people will get the kind of government they tolerate, no matter what sort of system they initially adopt. For an increasing number of Brazilians, however, their tolerance has run out; apparently, they can only take so much corruption.

Recently hundreds of thousands of Brazilians poured onto the streets of cities all across the country to demand the dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff, for corruption. The public’s ire grew dramatically following revelations that Rousseff was the recipient of a kickback scheme involving the state-run Petrobras oil company, which prosecutors have said is the largest corruption scandal in the country’s history.

As reported by Voice Of America:

At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by the nation’s biggest construction and engineering firms in exchange for inflated Petrobras contracts.

Dozens of political figures, including close allies of the president, and former Petrobras executives, are under investigation. No one has been convicted yet, but 22 deputies, 13 senators and two governors have been implicated in the bribe-taking allegations. Some of the alleged wrongdoing took place while Rousseff was chairman of the Petrobras board. She is not being investigated.

Scandal and corruption tests the patience of the governed

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