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Some 100K Brazilian's surround Congress, demand Rousseff's resignation

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Rousseff is facing a severe political and economic crisis, amid rising inflation and unemployment that has made social unease more acute and chopped her popularity rating down to around 10 percent

Brasilia, Mar 13 (EFE).- Some 100,000 protesters gathered around the Brazilian Congress in support of the opposition's plan to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, who on Sunday was the target of huge protests around the country.

Military Police calculated the crowd size in Brasilia as one of the largest demonstrations in recent decades in the capital.

All over Brazil, the majority of demonstrators in dozens of cities dressed in the green and yellow of the national flag and chanted slogans against Rousseff, her predecessor and political mentor Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and the Workers Party, or PT, to which both belong.

The protesters moved along the downtown avenue along which stand all the main government buildings to the seat of Congress, where thousands of people arranged themselves to spell out the phrase "Dilma Out," which was captured by cameras in helicopters overhead.

The anti-Rousseff protest here - and elsewhere - unfolded peacefully, monitored by some 2,000 police amid a festive atmosphere.

The largest demonstration in the nation was held on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach, where authorities said they could not estimate the crowd size.

Organizers there said that between 500,000 and one million people moved along Atlantica Ave., which runs parallel to one of Rio's most famous beaches.

The national day of protests was called by groups from civil society, but it was explicitly supported by all the political opposition parties, which are promoting Rousseff's impeachment in Congress.

Potential impeachment proceedings would be based on accounting irregularities detected in the government balance sheets in 2014 and 2015, but the opposition has said it will also incorporate its suspicions of illegal campaign finance activities involving state-owned oil company Petrobras that aided Rousseff in her 2014 reelection.

Rousseff is facing a severe political and economic crisis, amid rising inflation and unemployment that has made social unease more acute and chopped her popularity rating down to around 10 percent.

The president, meanwhile, has said "I only ask that there not be any violence," asserting that everyone has the right to take to the streets to protest either for or against the government.