Thousands rally in Brazil for Rousseff and Petrobas

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Thousands of Brazilians rallied next to the Petrobas heaquarters at the Cinelandia square in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, in defence of the largely state owned company and President Dilma Rousseff, ahead of Sunday's planned protests against both. Petrobas has recently been embroiled in a scandal alleging corruption in the company, which has seen calls from some quarters to privatize the business and wrest it from government control. The rally, organized by the ruling Workers Party, saw Brazilians waving banners and chanting slogans supporting national control of Latin America's largest company. Similar rallies were also held in Recife, Fortaleza and Cuiaba.