Demonstrators protest against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the ruling Workers Party (PT), at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo,  Brazil on August 16, 2015. Protesters took to the streets of Brazil Sunday, kicking off nationwide rallies expected to draw hundreds of thousands demonstrating against corruption and economic slowdown, and calling for President Dilma Rousseff to step down. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL        (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian protesters demand President's impeachment
02:14 - Source: CNN

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President Dilma Rousseff has an approval rating of less than 10%

A corruption scandal has implicated politicians in her party

Brazil's economy is also in trouble

Rio de Janeiro CNN  — 

Protesters marched in cities across Brazil on Sunday, demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

They are upset over an eroding economy and a corruption scandal that has implicated politicians in Rousseff’s Workers Party.

“I’m in favor of anything that will take that party out of government, even impeachment,” one protester told CNN in Rio de Janeiro.

Many marched wearing the green, yellow and blue colors of Brazil. Some waved flags and carried banners. One protest poster read simply, “Enough.”

Rousseff, who won re-election in a tight runoff last year, now has an approval rating of less than 10%.

A sweeping corruption investigation into a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras has embroiled dozens of the country’s leading businessmen and politicians. The President was the chairwoman of Petrobras during many of the years that the alleged corruption took place.

She has defended Brazilians’ right to protest and acknowledged the need to clean up corruption at Petrobras, but denied any prior knowledge of the alleged kickback scheme.

Adding to the turmoil is the country’s tanking economy. Brazil is facing a protracted recession, high inflation and a currency that recently hit a 12-year low.

“I’m here because I believe Brazil can change. Enough corruption! Enough thieving already!” another protester said.

Shasta Darlington reported from Rio de Janeiro. Dana Ford wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Catherine E. Shoichet also contributed to this report.