Tens of thousands of people launched street demonstrations to protest against Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer. The highest concentration of demonstrators marched in Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city, and protest organizers claimed that 50,000 people participated in the rally. Police used various crowd dispersal tactics to break up groups of protesters after clashes occurred near the end of the march. Protesters have demonstrated in Sao Paulo for several days, although the most recent rallies represent some of the largest demonstrations in the country since legislators voted to officially remove Dilma Rousseff from office last week.
Brazil suffers from an Elevated threat of man-made disruptions, such as street protests that can end in violence. The large scale of the latest protests highlights the potential for at least some interruption to the continuity of business operations in the country, especially freight transported on local roadways and particularly in Sao Paulo. Additional protests are likely in the near term.