Brazil: protests for and against Bolsonaro

Brésil: manifestations pour et contre Bolsonaro

SAO PAULO | Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday in Sao Paulo, and Brasilia to protest for or against the president of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, notably criticised for its handling of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.

Thousands of people gathered in the afternoon in Sao Paulo, boasting some of the banners in defence of democracy, against racism and the policy of the president of brazil.

Many of the demonstrators wore clothing and black masks, found the AFP.

Gabriela Vitoria, 18 years old, who had never attended a protest, mobilized because “Bolsonaro is against all”. “He doesn’t want Blacks, homosexuals, women, he doesn’t think only to the rich. We are going through a pandemic and it wants to open everything, without looking at the good examples of other countries”, she denounced.

“We are very worried, because no action was taken to help the communities of the periphery, which have the most difficulties to comply with the containment,” said Yussara Baso, spokesman for the Movement of workers without shelter (MTST), which has launched the call to protest.

On Paulista avenue, approximately six miles away, about fifty people gathered with flags brazilians to express their support for Jair Bolsonaro and call for an end of the containment measures put in place by local authorities to curb the pandemic.

“The disease exists, but it is not as we are told. It is time to open the trade,” said a protester who refused to give his name.

The regional authorities have asked that the events be organized at a distance in order to avoid confrontation, while clashes took place last Sunday between supporters of football teams walking “against fascism” and support from Bolsonaro that circulated in the streets to denounce the containment.

In Brasilia, hundreds of people marched in the morning against the head of State.

“All for democracy”, “Against racism and fascism” proclaimed placards. “Retreating fascist, backward, the power of the people is in the streets,” sang the protesters.

At the same time, a smaller group of protesters supporting president also gathered in the capital.

The supporters of the president of the extreme right, which minimizes the pandemic COVID-19, have the habit of manifesting at the weekend, in the presence of the head of State, to demand an end to restrictions and to attack the representatives of the Congress and the supreme Court.

The country of 210 million people has registered more than 670 000 new cases of coronavirus and 35 900 deaths, a number that many experts consider to be largely under-evaluated, due to lack of tests in sufficient number.

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