Brazilians staged protests on Saturday against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country, carrying signs such as “Out with Bolsonaro” and “Impeachment now”.
Bolsonaro’s popularity plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 460,000 Brazilians as the far-right leader downplayed its severity, rejected mask wear and questioned the importance of vaccines.
Organized by left-wing political parties, unions and student associations, Saturday’s protests in the capital Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro were peaceful, but in the northeastern city of Recife, police fired gas tear gas and fired rubber bullets.
In Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, thousands of people wearing masks blocked one of the avenues of the largest city. A large balloon represented Bolsonaro as a vampire.
Some protests, such as the one in Rio, included images of former left-wing president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva wearing the presidential sash.
Earlier in May, Lula met centrist Fernando Henrique Cardoso, also a former two-term president, for lunch during a public demonstration of their common goal of preventing Bolsonaro from getting a second term in the election. presidential election next year. Read more
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