First modification: 07/25/2021 – 03:39
Thousands of people joined the protests in more than 400 cities calling for the removal of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. It is the second time this month that Brazilians have demonstrated in large numbers against the president, who faces a request for “impeachment” in which he is accused of more than 20 crimes.
In much of the Brazilian territory, thousands of people raised their voices against the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. The marches were called by trade union centrals, leftist parties and various social movements.
The discontent of various sectors of the population with the Bolsonaro government seems to be increasing. Two massive marches have been called in the last month.
In those of this Saturday, the protesters carried posters with phrases such as: “Bolsonaro out!” And “Vaccine for everyone now!” The president was also branded as “genocidal” by several citizens such as Marcos Kirst. “I am here because it is Time to react to the genocidal government that we have, which has taken over our country, “Kirst told Reuters.
In the protests, they not only ask that Bolsonaro leave power. They also call for the acceleration of vaccination and increase financial aid for people who were devastated by the pandemic. According to EFE, more than 14.8 million Brazilians are unemployed.
The demonstrations come a few weeks after a request for “impeachment” that Bolsonaro faces. Eleven political parties and multiple civil society organizations filed 123 complaints in a document before the House of Representatives on June 29.
The president is accused, among others, of crimes related to the management of the pandemic, in a country heavily hit by the virus with more than 548,000 deaths and 19.6 million infections.
What has fueled the discontent with Bolsonaro’s mandate?
Several investigations carried out by a Senate commission point to the irregularity of the purchase of vaccines by the president.
The alleged case of corruption would have to do with the import agreement of 20 million vaccines from the Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech. These would have been negotiated at 320 million dollars, which would be equivalent to 1,000% more than the real price.
In addition, the protesters criticize him for his denial and irresponsibility during the health crisis, reflected in acts that range from his multiple appearances without a mask even in the midst of demonstrations, to the accelerated relaxation of the measures against Covid-19 and the holding of the Cup. America at home.
The electoral system, another factor that increases tension
Amid the demand for the removal of the president, another issue has exacerbated disgust with the current government. This week it was learned that the Defense Ministry, Braga Netto, had told congressional leaders that electronic voting would not take place if a paper record is not implemented for each vote.
Although Netto came out to deny the accusations, the fact intensified the debate that Bolsonaro opened by saying multiple times that the electronic system could unleash fraud in next year’s elections.
In these elections, the current president would stand for reelection and could be facing the former leftist president, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva. The polls made so far to the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) as the winner.
With Reuters and EFE