In a defiant speech, Rousseff asks Brazilians to resist the coup and fight the gutting of progressive policies.
The Temer government's actions against demonstrators are consistent with the regressive policies enacted since he stole the presidency from Dilma Rousseff.
The referendum would authorize new elections for October, but this depends on first defeating the efforts of the right to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office.
The scandal strongly suggests that Rousseff's impeachment was part of a conspiracy to cover up corruption among those who engineered her ouster.
To put it mildly, social policies implemented by the Workers Party-led government displeased the elite and reactionary middle class.
At its national congress in February, the Workers' Party acclaimed President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's endorsement of Dilma Rousseff as the Party's presidential candidate for elections in October.