Closing a politically tense week, marked by threats from Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto that elections without a printed vote would not be accepted in 2022 – revealed by state – and due to the arrival of Senator Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI) at the Civil House of the Presidency, opposition parties and activist groups held this Saturday, across the country, the fourth demonstration against the government in two months.
According to organizers, there were protests in more than 300 cities, including 19 capitals. Under the headline #24JContraBolsonaro – they called for the president’s impeachment and criticized the pandemic’s management, rising food prices and defended the 2022 elections.
In São Paulo, the act occupied part of Avenida Paulista and was smaller and more dispersed than the previous ones. All 15 blocks of the avenue were closed to cars, but the protesters split into pockets between the 8 blocks between Consolação and Pamplona Street. Eleven sound cars were parked at strategic points. In the first, at the beginning of Paulista, were the PSDB, PDT, Citizenship, groups for the renewal of a liberal matrix such as Livres and Acredita, and other leaders.
Flags with the names of Ciro Gomes and Bruno Covas shared space with Solidarity banners and women’s movements. Behind the scenes, the organizers made an effort to avoid a new confrontation between the militants of the Partido da Causa Operária (PCO) and the PSDB, as happened in the last demonstration.
The PCO set up a tent in front of the Masp, where its sound car was located, which brought together the main leaders. It was there that former mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) and MTST leader Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) – the most prominent politicians present – spoke. Former President Lula didn’t even consider showing up. “We’re not going to sit back until 2022. Bolsonaro’s boat started to sink, and they called the center to drive the boat. Just like him, in the 2018 election, he said he was out of politics and was going to put an end to the mamata”, said Boulos, who also said he hoped that in 2022 the president “will not be in the ballot box, but in the Court of The Hague”.
“Braga Neto must be afraid of what will happen next week. When these people are vaccinated, we will fill the streets of this country. There are 507 cities united against Bolsonaro”, said Haddad in his speech.
At night, some protesters clashed with the Military Police. The PM reported on its Twitter that some people broke windows at an Itaú bank branch and tried to take down fences in front of a Hyundai dealership, in Consolação.
The Shock Troop used tear gas bombs. Some protesters remain in Praça Roosevelt. Earlier in the evening, Governor João Doria (PSDB) said in a statement: “I condemn the vandalism in today’s demonstrations. Whoever acts as a vandal is as authoritarian and violent as one who is the target of protest”. According to him, the PM of SP “will act whenever there is a breach of order”.
In addition to the protests in São Paulo, the ones held at the end of the morning in Rio, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Recife stood out. In Rio, the groups gathered at the Monumento a Zumbi dos Palmares, occupying the lanes of Avenida Getúlio Vargas along 300 meters. In the main sound car, federal deputy Alessandro Molon (PSB-RJ) called for the arrest of Bolsonaro “for negligence in conducting the fight against the pandemic”. According to him, the president “cannot just be removed from the presidency, he has to go to jail”.
In Brasília, protesters gathered in the middle of the afternoon at the National Museum and from there marched to the Esplanade of Ministries, with posters saying, among other phrases, “More than 520 thousand deaths”, “Vaccine for all” and “Don’t take off your mask , take off the Bolsonaro”. A pixuleco of the president was inflated by the protesters.
In Salvador, the protest brought together a few hundred people, in light rain at times, between 10 am and 12:30 pm. In Recife, the concentration began at 10 am, in the central region of the city, where, in addition to the banners of leftist parties, there were others from Brazil, Cuba and Palestine. “This is the will of the people, Bolsonaro is going to prison”, said one of the posters. There were also demonstrations in São Luís, where the demonstrators were joined by the Evangelical group for Fora Bolsonaro – and in Maceió, Vitória, Fortaleza, Aracaju, João Pessoa, Natal, Teresina, Belém, Palmas, Goiânia, Campo Grande, Florianópolis and Porto Joyful.
In the interior of São Paulo, in cities such as Campinas, Sorocaba, Bauru and Jundiaí, protesters again protested asking for more vaccine, emergency aid of R$ 600 and demanded that the parliamentarians impeach the president. The information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
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