Rio De Janeiro/Brasilia, May 30
Brazilians staged protests against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country on Saturday, carrying signs such as “Out with Bolsonaro” and “Impeachment now”.
Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted during the Covid crisis, which has killed more than 4,60,000 Brazilians as the far-right leader played down its severity, dismissed mask wearing and cast doubt on the importance of vaccines.
Organised by leftist political parties, unions and student associations, Saturday’s protests in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro were peaceful, but in the northeastern city of Recife, the police threw tear gas and shot rubber bullets.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of mask-wearing people blocked one the largest city’s avenues.
Some protests, like the one in Rio, included images of former leftist president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva wearing the presidential sash. — Reuters
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