Thursday, June 27, 2013

8. Small victories (24-26 June)

As the Brazilian national team advances to the finals of the Confederations Cup, President Dilma led the Congress's strong effort to vote a long list of laws, some of which were the subject of major dissatisfaction from the part of protesters. Among these, the Brazilian Congress rejected the PEC 37, a controversial proposal that limited the powers of prosecutors to investigate officials, and approved a bill that strengths the penalties for corruption. In another unprecedented move, the Supreme Court convicted a congressman during his office term. While these efforts had a strong positive impact in the public opinion and served to calm protests, it did not prevent that groups of protesters confronted the police in the cities of Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.       

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