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Brasilia- Thousands of Brazilians hit the streets to protest against the government and new President Michel Temer.

Protesters came out in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and other cities.

The demonstrators along with other leftist groups and unions allied with Rousseff’s Workers Party, demanded new elections and chanted “Temer Out” and “Usurper.”

They protested against the removal of leftist president Dilma Rousseff last week in an impeachment trial.

It was the largest of a wave of demonstrations against new President Temer since the conservative lawyer was sworn in on Wednesday August 31 to replace Rousseff for the rest of her term through 2018.

Brazilian officials noticed the refusal of the new president as he participated in the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro country’s Independence Day.

During Brazil’s Independence Day Temer was forced to be paraded in front of the very people who have not been shy about expressing that they’re really not his biggest fans.

Temer opted not to wear the Brazilian presidential sash and rode in a closed car rather than the traditional open top car during the annual military parade in Brasília, which did not happen before neither with Dilma Rousseff nor with Lula da Silva.

All these changes in the country lessened the president’s popularity, in addition to the recent polls in which he received only 14 percent of the Brazilian citizens’ acceptance, further weakening his stance.