In Brazil, tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Jair Bolsonaro and slogans against his policy against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. As reported on Sunday, July 25, AFP, the actions were announced in 400 cities across the country. This is the fourth weekend in a row, organized by left-wing political supporters, trade unions and public associations.
In the country’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro, thousands of demonstrators joined the rally in red robes and protective masks. They held posters and banners with the words: “Down with the corrupt criminal”, “Impeachment – now”, “We want vaccinations, he wants bribes.” Actions took place, in particular, also in Recife and Salvador.
Protesters complained about the late start of the vaccination campaign, high unemployment and lack of support for low-income populations economically affected by the pandemic.
Parliamentary committee investigates legality of Bolsonaro’s actions
Bolsonara is reproached for the fact that he, doubting the danger of coronavirus and the benefits of vaccination, contributed to the spread of COVID-19 and an increase in the number of victims with this diagnosis.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the government has opposed the lockdown and other restrictions, citing the high cost of such measures for the economy. At this stage, a committee of the National Congress – the country’s parliament – is investigating the legality of Bolsonaro’s actions during the epidemic.
President’s rating fell to minimum
Meanwhile, according to recent opinion polls, Jair Bolsonaro’s approval rating among the population fell to a minimum, at just 24 percent. As noted by a number of analysts, in the elections next year, he could face defeat at the hands of ex-Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Supporters of the leftist Workers’ Party, of which he is the leader, are actively supporting the protests in the country.
According to the website of the Worldometer volunteer group, as of July 25, 19,670,534 people have been infected in the country since the start of the pandemic, 549,500 have died with a diagnosis of COVID-19. Brazilians have received more than 130 million doses of coronavirus vaccine. About 45 percent of Brazilians received their first vaccination and about 17 percent both. The population of the country exceeds 212 million.