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Protests take place against Bolsonaro as Covid-19 death toll surpasses 500,000 in Brazil

Protesters have taken to the city streets across Brazil to express their anger towards Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

The president has been scrutinised by critics who have blamed him for the current virus situation in Brazil as the country’s toll surpasses 500,000. They have stated that Bolsonaro’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine as well as the slow vaccine rollout which has fully inoculated less than 12% of the population has been a major factor in the virus situation of Brazil.

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Protesters waved flags with slogans that read “Get out Bolsonaro, Government of hunger and unemployment.” Protesters also held posters that read “500 thousand deaths. It’s his fault.”

Anti-Bolsonaro protests took place in at least 22 of the 26 states in Brazil. Left-wing opposition parties have been given confidence from Bolsonaro’s declining popularity with next year’s presidential race coming soon.

Some of the protesters wore T-shirts and masks with the image of former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is leading Bolsonaro in some polls.

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Bolsonaro supporters have also been recently taking to the streets more often, showing support for his dismissal of restrictions as well as their anger over the effect that lockdowns have had on businesses.

Political science professor at Insper stated that the leftist’s actions of putting their followers in the streets is a way of wearing Bolsonaro down for the election but added that “they are contradicting themselves and losing the discourse of maintaining health care, because they are causing the same agglomerations as Bolsonaro.”

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