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Thousands rally to back Brazil’s president, justice minister

June 30, 2019
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Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro march along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Supporters of the president and Justice Minister Sergio Moro called for nationwide demonstrations in support of the government and the "Car Wash" investigation into corruption. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro march along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Supporters of the president and Justice Minister Sergio Moro called for nationwide demonstrations in support of the government and the "Car Wash" investigation into corruption. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro turned out by the thousands Sunday in several Brazilian cities to defend the government and its justice minister, who faces accusations that he acted improperly while overseeing corruption allegations as a judge.

Justice Minister Sergio Moro tweeted acknowledgment of the crowds, saying “I see. I hear,” along with photos of a mass rally in Rio de Janeiro.

The online news site The Intercept published leaked messages that it says show Moro while a judge worked too closely with prosecutors in going after leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Moro convicted da Silva of corruption.

Demonstrators said they doubted the content of the leaks and suggested they were part of an effort to end the sweeping crackdown on corruption that Moro led.

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Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro march along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Supporters of the president and Justice Minister Sergio Moro called for nationwide demonstrations in support of the government and the "Car Wash" investigation into corruption. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)