Pot-banging protests in several cities Brazil Last night, as President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation, Reuters Report.
This happened just days after protesters took to the streets across the country for dealing with the coronavirus pandemicWhich has taken the lives of about 1.25 lakh people so far.
The past few days have been rocky for the government of the right-wing leader, whose popularity was already flagging amid consistently high daily Covid-19 deaths and cases.
On Wednesday alone, nearly 100,000 Brazilians came down with the coronavirus and 2,507 died, according to government figures. Earlier in the day, the country’s Supreme Court authorized a criminal investigation into Bolsonaro’s environment minister for allegedly interfering with a police investigation into illegal logging.
In a televised speech, Bolsonaro briefly described some of his government’s recent achievements and promised strong economic growth going forward, but offered no new information.
On Saturday, thousands took part in protests in at least 16 cities across the country, organized by left-wing political parties, unions and student unions.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of masked people blocked the way to the largest city, while a large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.
Some protests, such as those in Rio de Janeiro, included images of former left-wing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has emerged as Bolsonaro’s main challenger in the country’s 2022 election, wearing a presidential sash.
In a brief Wednesday evening speech, Bolsonaro, who has ridiculed masks and vaccines in the past, said all Brazilians who wanted a vaccine would be able to get one by the end of the year.
Also in the evening, the country’s health ministry revised the number of COVID-19 vaccines to be received in June to about 4 million doses.
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