Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Brazil, protesting against the interim President Michel Temer, in support of the suspended leftist president Dilma Rousseff, who is due for trial on charges of manipulating the country's finances in order to gain electoral advantage.

Demonstrators marched through downtown Rio de Janeiro, waving placards which read 'Temer out' and 'Coup no, culture yes' as they protested against what they say is an illegitimate interim government which took over from President Dilma Rousseff after she was ousted on 12 May.

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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP

The new cabinet has been heavily criticised for being made up exclusively of white men, and for folding a ministry of women, racial equality and human rights into the far-bigger ministry of justice, led by a man.

"We are here to defend democracy and to fight against this government. We are taking over the streets and doing everything necessary so Temer leaves the government," student protester, Amanda Magalhaes told Reuters.

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Women shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista Avenue in Sao PauloNacho Doce/ Reuters
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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer with signs reading 'Resist Culture Ministry', 'Temer out', 'Culture servants', 'Coup no, culture yes' and 'All for culture' at the Culture Ministry in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP
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Women shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista Avenue in Sao PauloNacho Doce/ Reuters

Sao Paulo saw similar demonstrations, with people storming Paulista Avenue holding giant banners and refusing to back down. Such protests have been going on since Rousseff's trial which brought in a centre-right interim government, in a process which many deem a coup.

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A man holds a Brazilian national flag depicting the portraits of Brazilian former President (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva (L) and Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff during a protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP
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A child holds a sign reading 'Temer out' in a protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP

Michel Temer has vowed to get Latin America's largest economy back on track after he put an end to 13 years of leftist rule. Yet Brazilian minorities fear that a deep economic recession and the spending cuts which the new government says are essential to recover could mean rolling back progressive policies.

The protesters have pledged to keep the fight, that they will not 'leave the streets' until justice is achieved.

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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP
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A woman holds a poster with the image Brazil's interim President Michel Temer that reads "I not recognise this coup as President" during a protest against him and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista Avenue in Sao PauloNacho Doce/ Reuters
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Demonstrators hold a banner reading 'Yes women can!' in a protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP
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A demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Never Temer' in a protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP
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People protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP
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A demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Temer out' in a protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP
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People protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP
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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer at the Culture Ministry in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP
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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloNelson Almeida/ AFP
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People protest against Brazilian acting president Michel Temer in downtown Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/ AFP
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People protest against Brazil's acting president Michel Temer in Sao PauloMiguel Schincariol/ AFP