Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of major cities. of Brazil to demand the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro in his disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly half a million Brazilians.
Demonstrators in more than 200 cities and towns for the largest anti-Bolsonaro mobilization since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil.
“Today is an important step in our fight to win the Bolsonaro genocide,” said Sylvia de Mendonza, 55, a civil rights activist from Brazil̵7;s Unified Black Movement, as she said. Lead the protesters through the dilapidated city center of Rio.
Osvaldo Bazani da Silva, a 48-year-old hairstylist who lost his brother to COVID-19, said: “We can’t lose another Brazilian. We have to hit each other in the streets every day until this government collapses.”
In Rio, many marchers hold custom banners commemorating the loved ones lost in the plague that has killed nearly 460,000 Brazilians, the second-biggest official death toll. of the world after the United States “I’m here in his memory,” said 18-year-old Luiz Dantas, holding a photograph of his grandfather Sebastio. who died in February at the age of 75, said
“The culprit has a real name and a second name,” Dantas was quoted as saying, referring to the country’s far-right president. which viewed the corona virus as “Just a little flu” over and over again and undermine containment efforts, such as social distancing. or lockdown
“I want justice,” the teenager added. Tears flowed as he spoke.
Irene Grether, a 69-year-old psychoanalyst who also attended the demonstration, said two relatives had died as a result of her government’s inaction. “This government is more dangerous than the virus,” she said as thousands of protesters gathered near the statue to commemorate anti-slavery leader Zumbi dos Palmares.
Grether’s granddaughter, 46-year-old economist Ana Paula Carvalho, said she believed Bolsonaro should be brought before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “On charge of crimes against Brazilians,” she said. “He raised death and destruction,” she said. “Bolsonaro is a Brazilian tragedy.”
Bolsonaro defended his response to the pandemic. It claimed that his stubborn resistance to lockdown was designed to predict Brazil’s livelihood and jobs. But Carvalho said letting the virus spread uncontrollably. and not vaccinated enough Bolsonaro has destroyed the economy and life. “Today Brazilians have a choice between dying from the virus or going hungry,” she said.
protest on saturday This happened in major cities as well, such as Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Recife and the capital Brasilia. As well as several smaller towns, it happened with Bolsonaro showing the lowest trend since he took office in January 2019.
Polls highlight growing anger over the right-wing populist manipulation of the coronavirus, with 57 percent of the population now supporting his impeachment. A parliamentary inquiry is now analyzing Bolzona’s dire response. Roe continues the public health crisis by revealing dangerous news stories about his government’s conduct that are broadcast nightly according to the news.
Bolsonaro has been particularly alarmed by the return of political rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former left-wing president who appears ready to challenge him to the presidency in next year’s elections. In a recent interview with the Guardian Lula, where political rights were recently restored, said he had no doubt that Brazilians would “Freed himself” from Bolsonaro in 2022. “He can avoid half of these deaths,” Lula said of Bolsonaro’s reaction to the coronavirus.
Roberto Anderson, a 67-year-old university professor and environmentalist who attended the march on Saturday, said he was encouraged by the crowd who said the tide had finally turned its back on the leader. Brazil’s far-right
“People are waking up. A lot of the people who voted for Bolsonaro are rocking … and the politicians who support him are still opportunists – as they see the people organizing, they will change sides as well,” Anderson. said