COVID-19: Bolsonaro doesn’t believe in social distancing, masks or vaccines. It was not lost on the protesters

COVID-19: Bolsonaro doesn’t believe in social distancing, masks or vaccines. It was not lost on the protesters

The thud of drums and songs filled the streets of Brazil. A day of protest the day official figures recorded more than 500,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Infection rates are officially between 80,000 and 100,000 people every day. But these are the recorded cases, experts say the real figure could be two, three or even four times higher.

At current prices, Brazil will overtake the United States for the highest number of deaths; epidemiologists warn Brazil could lose 800,000 people.

they manifested on the streets of Brazil for more than two years now, but COVID has raised the bar – the protests are getting bigger and bigger.

Brazilian protesters hold president responsible for large number of COVID deaths in country

It has hosted at least 457 events in more than 400 cities here in Brazil and abroad. Organizers say more than 750,000 people attended, including 100,000 in Sao Paulo alone.

The center of town is teeming with people consumed by their hatred of their president Jair Bolsonaro, who is in his third year out of a four-year presidency.

He faces an election next year, with polls showing his popularity is plummeting amid the COVID-19[feminine[feminine ascend.

Protesters, unlike their president, believe masks can help slow the spread of the virus

For many people we met, the fact that half a million people have died and the country is still not on hold or increasing its immunization program is too much to take on. They want Mr Bolsonaro to come out and rethink how to deal with the pandemic.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Sao Paulo in well-organized groups monitored by police, many in riot gear.

They began to gather before the official time from all walks of life, rich and poor, young and old.

We haven’t met a single person who hasn’t lost friends or family to COVID.

I met Rita Guimaraes in the street between giant banners unfurled before the start of the march.

“We have to fight because it’s ridiculous, and our families are dying, people we love are dying, I can die tomorrow and nothing is done, so unfortunately I have to be here,” she said. declared.

Walkers in the streets fight to save their loved ones

All around us we saw people carrying posters and waving flags with slogans criticizing the president, the main theme was “Fora Bolsonaro! “- it means” Bolsonaro Out! “

Much of the organization of the events was carried out by opposition political parties, unions and student unions, but ordinary people also came in large numbers.

Mostly, they all want the same thing – Bolsonaro out – and they all agree that he isn’t listening.

Lucas Ferreira is a civil servant. The 27-year-old told me they could no longer sit idly by and do nothing – he has lost four close friends to COVID.

“Now people are starting to get angry and mobilize to show everyone that we don’t want this, we don’t want to live under the Bolsonaro government. “

Lucas Ferreira said he can't sit back and do nothing
Lucas Ferreira said he can’t sit back and do nothing

I asked if he thought Mr. Bolsonaro was listening. “No, no, Bolsonaro, he’s very bossy now and he doesn’t listen to people,” he said, stifling a laugh.

At the heart of it all is a president who doesn’t believe in vaccines, or wearing masks, or social distancing, or blockades, or, it seems, anything that could slow the death rate. .

And it is not lost on the people here. A woman with her two young children passed me in the crowd.

She said to me: “Our government decided that there was no virus and that we did not have to wear masks, that we could use this drug (hydroxychloroquine) which was not good. for people, and he said it’s okay, it’s just the flu. ”


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