Hundreds of people took to the streets Sunday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a demonstration ” in defence of democracy “, threatened against them by the president of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro.
Behind a large banner in red with the mention ” Outside Bolsonaro “, the protesters gathered on avenida Paulista, artery emblematic of the larger megalopolis of Latin America.
They were at least half as many as during the procession held a week ago at the Largo da Batata, a place in the city centre, found a photographer from AFP.
Like last Sunday, many supporters of clubs rivals in football were present, as well as members of movements, anti-racist, raised as others in the world after the death of George Floyd in the United States.
Most of the protesters wore masks of protection and of the hydroalcoholic gel was regularly distributed, while Brazil is one of the main foci of Covid-19 in the world, occupying the second position in number of deaths (42 720) and contamination (850 514), behind the United States.
At the same time, close to the city hall of Sao Paulo, about thirty activists, pro-Bolsonaro had gathered.
In Brasilia, the governor Ibaneis Rocha decided Saturday evening to complete the iconic Esplanade of ministries, where demonstrations by pro-Bolsonaro had held almost every Sunday since the beginning of the pandemic, some of them in the presence of the president.
The governor has taken this decision to avoid any “gathering contrary to the prevention measures against the coronavirus,” but also because of the “constitutional character” of placards and slogans of the protesters “threatening” other authorities, including Congress and the supreme Court.