Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of several cities in Brazil again this Saturday to demand the removal of President Jair Bolsonaro, who was increasingly worn out especially by his chaotic management of the pandemic and involved in accusations of corruption around the vaccines.
It is the fourth day of demonstrations called by left-wing political parties, unions and social movements against the president, who is also being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly not reporting suspicions of irregularities in the negotiation of anticovid vaccines.
One of the marches that started earlier, of the more than 400 called in cities and municipalities in Brazil and in other countries, was the one in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
There, thousands of people made their reproaches felt on the “day of uniting the country in defense of democracy, the life of Brazilians and those outside Bolsonaro,” according to the organizers.
A poster calls for the impeachment of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, during this Saturday’s march in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: REUTERS
The protesters, most dressed in red and with chinstrap To prevent the contagion of the coronavirus, they carried banners with slogans such as “Out with corrupt criminal,” “No one can hold out any longer,” Out with Bolsonaro “and” Revolutions are impossible until they become inevitable, “AFP noted.
In the early afternoon they had celebrated demonstrations in at least 18 capitals state, according to the Globo network’s G1 news site. In addition to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, there were brands in Recife, Belén, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Maceió and others.
The protesters also launched their criticisms of the late vaccination campaign and the economic crisis. With record unemployment rates in the country, thousands of people demanded jobs and more emergency aid to the poorest in times of pandemic.
Arms and the Amazon
Bolsonaro, also criticized for his speech in favor of the exploitation of the Amazon’s protected areas, including indigenous reserves, his policies on weapons in Brazil and his ambitious privatization program, is experiencing his worst moment since he came to power in 2019 .
This Saturday’s march in Rio de Janeiro against President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: AFP
His popularity is at its lowest level, 24%, and polls indicate that in the presidential elections in October next year would be defeated by his greatest rival, the former left-wing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose Workers’ Party (PT) is one of the great promoters of the protests this Saturday.
Request for impeachment
The opposition filed a “super petition for impeachment” on June 30., which condenses a hundred impeachment requests already presented before the Chamber of Deputies with more than 20 different accusations against the president.
But for the moment Bolsonaro has sufficient support in Congress to block these initiatives to remove him, including the support of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, who is the one who must follow up on such demands.
This Saturday’s march against the government of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: AFP
This week, the president announced a cabinet change, in an apparent attempt to improve the image of his government and seduce the political center.
Senator Ciro Nogueira, leader of the Progressive Party, will assume the head of the cabinet of his government, as part of a ministerial reform that should be finalized next week.
“It is practically certain. We will put a senator here in the Civil House (cabinet chief), who can maintain a better dialogue with the Brazilian Parliament,” Bolsonaro explained to the press.
The senator “is in recess (parliamentarian), he arrives in Brasilia on Monday, I will speak with him, we will settle accounts. And we move on. He is a person I have known for a long time; he arrived in the Chamber in 1995, I arrived in the 91, “he added.
Nogueira is one of the historical leaders of the so-called “centrao”, a group of parties from the political center that became part of the allied base of the government in the middle of last year.
Source: AFP and Xinhua