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Protests in Brazil's 2 biggest cities against acting leader

  • With signs that read in Portuguese "Dilma come back" and "Temer Out," demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    With signs that read in Portuguese "Dilma come back" and "Temer Out," demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stopped by a police barricade, demonstrators shout slogans as one of them waves a Workers Party flag, during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Stopped by a police barricade, demonstrators shout slogans as one of them waves a Workers Party flag, during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, close to Temer's residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Temer took office after Rousseff was suspended for up to 180 days while the Senate holds an impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil's two biggest cities Sunday to protest acting President Michel Temer, trying to keep up pressure on his interim administration only 10 days after he was sworn in.

A march in Sao Paulo headed toward Temer's residence, but police blocked roads near the house and the interim president left for the capital of Brasilia hours earlier. Organizers estimated 2,000 people participated in the demonstration.

In Rio de Janeiro, about 1,000 protesters staged a march calling for Temer to resign.

Some protesters want suspended President Dilma Rousseff back. Temer replaced her after the Senate voted to suspend the president and put her on trial for allegedly breaking fiscal laws. If 54 of the 81 senators agree that she should be impeached, she would be permanently removed from office and Temer could hold the presidency through 2018.

Opinion polls say a majority of Brazilians want Rousseff impeached, and some of the protesters Sunday called for new elections, a mechanism that is not in Brazil's electoral law at the moment.

Temer has faced daily protests in Brazil's main cities since he took office. Artists, intellectuals and politicians both left-leaning and moderate have also rejected him acting as president, not only for their opposition to Rousseff's impeachment but also for Temer's naming of an all white-male Cabinet that is trying implement more conservative policies.

Even before Temer took office, a poll said 58 percent of Brazilians wanted him impeached, too. A Supreme Court justice has ruled Temer could face impeachment proceedings for signing decrees of the same kind as those that led to the impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, but that decision has yet to be ratified.

Some of the protests against Temer were called by artists angered by his decision to fold the Culture Ministry into the Education Ministry under the control of a conservative politician with no experience in either area. On Saturday, Temer announced he would re-establish the Culture Ministry, but critics said they would keep the pressure on him.