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Brazilians hold nationwide protest against President Bolsonaro’s COVID response

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Brazilians on Saturday staged protests against Vice President Bolsonaro over the outbreak of COVID-19 in at least 16 cities across the country, with signs such as “going out with Bolsonaro” and “impeachment now”.

Bolsonaro’s popularity has waned during the Corona virus crisis, which killed more than 460,000 Brazilians while the far-right leader reduced his intensity, refused to wear a mask and questioned the importance of vaccines.

Saturday’s protests in the Brazilian and Rio de Janeiro capitals, organized by left-wing political parties, unions and student associations, were peaceful, but in the northeastern city of Recife, police fired tear gas and fired rubber bullets.

Demonstrators take part in a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, May 29, 2021. REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino

In S پo Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of masked people blocked the streets of the largest city. A large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.

Some of the protests, such as the one in Rio, included pictures of former left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wearing a presidential sash.

In early May, Lula met with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the center of former two-term president, for lunch for a public demonstration of his common goal of preventing Bolsonaro from winning a second term in next year’s presidential election. Read more

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