Politicians Crowed Outside Congress As Senate Vote On President Rousseff's Impeachment.
Brazil's Senate is debating whether President Dilma rousseff should face a full impeachment trial.
if a simple majority votes in favour, as is expected, President Rousseff will be automatically suspended from office.
She made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected.
The President is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she denies.
The debate has been running for hours. Sixty-eight senators originally registered to speak and two more added their names to the list during the proceedings, bringing the total to 70.
30 senators had spoken. Of those, 24 spoke in favour of an impeachment trial and six against.
Both pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered outside congress in Brasilia , as the senate pressed ahead with a vote on whether to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for impeachment on grounds of breaking budget laws.
Pro-impeachment protesters said her ousting would benefit Brazil.
Rousseff and her supporters, on the other side, maintain that impeachment is a form of coup to overthrow a democratically elected leader.
Brazilian police fired tear gas at protesters gathered outside congress in Brasilia.
According to the military police 5,000 protesters were present in Brasilia, 4,000 against impeachment and 1,000 in favour. One protester was arrested for throwing objects at police officials.
The crash, which hit five cars and resulted in no injuries, was recorded on local security cameras.