Brazil’s Embattled Rousseff Courts Base With More Spending

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waves at the crowd during a demonstration to mark International Workers’ Day, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 1, 2016. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a rally of labor unions and Workers’ Party faithful in Sao Paulo on Sunday, Rousseff announced tax cuts, more public housing units and an average 9 percent increase in the cash transfer program known as Bolsa Familia, even as Brazil faces a recordbudget deficit. The May 1 rally, traditionally a celebration of worker rights and leftist policies, this year doubled as a protest against the drive toward impeachment approved by a wide margin in Brazil’s lower house. The Senate vote May 11 on Rousseff’s ouster.

“This coup isn’t just an attack on democracy and my mandate, but also on the victories of the working class,” Rousseff said. “I will resist. I will fight until the end.”

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