Last Friday, much of Brazil went into a partial shutdown due to protests against recent government reforms and their president Michel Temer (who currently has a 4% approval rating).
President Michel Temer (above) took over as president of Brazil about a year ago after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.
- Reasons for protests:
- Workers rights limited even further
- Retirement age raised
- Pensions and social security benefits cut
- Unemployment rate is rising rapidly (currently 14 million out of work, 13.7%)
- Political leaders accused of being corrupt (bribery, criminality, etc.)