Brazil government backers take to streets ahead of Sunday protests

March 14, 2015 12:59 AM

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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Pro-government labor unions and social activists staged demonstrations across Brazil on Friday in support of President Dilma Rousseff, two days before mass protests planned against her administration.

The leftist leader is facing a wave of discontent over a stalling economy, unpopular budget cuts and a corruption scandal over kickbacks at oil company Petrobras that has implicated four dozen politicians from her governing coalition.

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