(CNN) – A corruption scandal that has stirred protests in Brazil is hard to watch — even the statues in Rio de Janeiro can’t look.
Statues of former leaders, writers and even international figures have had red blindfolds placed around their faces.
It is the work of a Brazilian artist, who asked to remain anonymous and who described the effort as a silent protest.
Huge turnout at demonstrations
The protests in Brazil on Sunday saw huge crowds dressed in the green and yellow of Brazil’s flag flood the streets in cities from Manaus, deep in the Amazon jungle in the north, to Porto Alegre in the south, calling for President Dilma Rousseff to resign.
The demonstrations followed the announcement of a formal investigation into former President Luiz Inacia Lula da Silva over an alleged bribery scheme involving the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
The scandal has embroiled dozens of the country’s leading businessmen and politicians, many from the current and former presidents’ Workers’ Party, or PT.
Protesters carried giant balloons depicting Lula da Silva dressed in prison garb. The ex-leader has staunchly denied the accusations.
But the allegations against Lula da Silva have led to mounting pressures against Rousseff, his hand-picked successor.
But the President, who once was Lula da Silva’s chief of staff and energy minister, told reporters Friday she had no plans to resign.