Demonstrators clash with police during a protest in Brasilia on May 24, 2017.Brazilian President Michel Temer is struggling to retain power after the release of a recording that appears to capture him approving hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. Brazil's top court is investigating him for alleged obstruction of justice and involvement in passive corruption. The president has denied wrongdoing and insists he will not resign.The government revoked on Thursday a presidential decree that deployed army soldiers in the Brazilian capital to contain protests against Temer and his austerity measures.
The government said it deployed troops on Wednesday to quell the demonstration because police forces were overwhelmed by tens of thousands of protesters seeking Temer's resignation and early elections. Calling out the army was sharply criticized by the president's opposition and some allies alike.
A demonstrator clashes with a police officer.
Police confront demonstrators at the Esplanade of Ministries. Police unleashed volleys of tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to halt tens of thousands of protesters as they marched towards Congress.
A wounded man participates in clashes with riot police at the Esplanade of Ministries. Forty-nine people were injured during the clashes.
Riot police clash with demonstrators.
Demonstrators hide behind barricades as they clash with police.
Police form a line as they clash with protesters.
Demonstrators ransack the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Protesters set fire to furniture outside the Ministry of Agriculture during a clash with the police.
Protesters vandalize the Ministry of Agriculture.
Demonstrators attack facilities of the Agriculture Ministry during a protest at the Esplanade of Ministries. Masked protesters fired powerful fireworks at police, set ablaze furniture in the Agriculture Ministry, and sprayed anti-Temer graffiti on government buildings.
A protester covers his face during the protest.
A demonstrator runs near a burning barricade.
Demonstrators clash with police.