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Roadblocks Set Up in Brazil Metropolis to Demand President Be Put on Trial

SAO PAULO Ė Dozens of demonstrators briefly blockaded three main roads in Sao Paulo on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers put Brazilís President Michel Temer on trial for alleged graft.

The roadblocks affected sections of the Regis Bittencourt, Anchieta and Presidente Dutra highways, where the protesters obstructed the lanes with burning tires.

Firefighters, however, extinguished the blazes and enabled traffic to resume.

The protesters were demanding that Brazilís lower house of Congress vote Wednesday to put the conservative president on trial before the Supreme Court for allegedly taking bribes from the former chairman of Sao Paulo-based meatpacking giant JBS.

Two-thirds of the lower houseís 513 representatives (342 lawmakers) must vote to allow the trial, in which case Temer would be suspended from office for 180 days. He could then be ousted from office if found guilty by the high court.

But the government says at least 250 lawmakers are expected to vote against proceeding with the case.

The president was charged in June by the Attorney Generalís Office based on plea-bargain testimony by JBS executives, who said they had paid bribes to Temer since 2010 and continued doing so after he took office last year.

Temer became the first sitting Brazilian president to be charged with a crime.

 

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