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Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro's COVID response

WorldMay 30, 2021 12:41AM ET
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6/6 © Reuters. Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, May 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino 2/6

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazilians staged protests against President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country on Saturday, carrying signs such as "Out with Bolsonaro" and "Impeachment now."

Bolsonaro's popularity has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 460,000 Brazilians as the far-right leader played down its severity, dismissed mask wearing and cast doubt on the importance of vaccines.

Organized by leftist political parties, unions and student associations, Saturday's protests in the capital Brasilia and in Rio de Janeiro were peaceful, but in the northeastern city of Recife, police threw tear gas and shot rubber bullets.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, thousands of mask-wearing people blocked one the largest city's avenues. One large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.

Some protests, like the one in Rio, included images of former leftist president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva wearing the presidential sash.

Earlier in May, Lula met centrist Fernando Henrique Cardoso, also a two-term former president, for lunch in a public show of their common purpose to block Bolsonaro from gaining a second term in next year's presidential election.

Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro's COVID response
 

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Kiko Aguiar
Kiko Aguiar May 30, 2021 3:39AM ET
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wow... not a word about the pro-government biggest ever protest of last month and the other one last week in Rio. Interesting biased media.
Onukwe Henry
Onukwe Henry May 30, 2021 3:00AM ET
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the pro government createds last week end were much larger. mainstream media barely reported them and ready more...
Onukwe Henry
Onukwe Henry May 30, 2021 2:53AM ET
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Trump did an awesome job
Jeremy Thornton
Jeremy Thornton May 30, 2021 2:53AM ET
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At what, *******more Americans then any other president in US history or completely dividing the country?
Jeremy Thornton
Jeremy Thornton May 30, 2021 2:53AM ET
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Apparently you can't say k.i.l.l.i.n.g on here now.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 30, 2021 12:47AM ET
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Bolsonaro was a Trump sympathizer. If that's not add-on proof that Americans should forget about Trump.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 30, 2021 12:47AM ET
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Haha Trump still live rent free in your soft mind
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood May 30, 2021 12:20AM ET
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Media doing the same fascist crap in Brazil as they are in the US. The loud and spineless minority propped up while the conservative majority ignored. Of course no mention of who created it and dropped it on the world.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood May 30, 2021 12:20AM ET
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Jeremy Thornton  oooh - good come back!
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 30, 2021 12:20AM ET
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Jeremy Thornton haha you are a racist
Silence Dogood
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Hung Pham  You're confused.
Jeremy Thornton
Jeremy Thornton May 30, 2021 12:20AM ET
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Yes Hung Pham.. Silence Dogood is the racist, right wing, religious nut job.
Daniel Nova
Daniel Nova May 29, 2021 11:01PM ET
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The pro government crowds last weekend were much larger. Mainstream media barely reported them, and when they did, they´ve attacked the president´s supporters.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller May 29, 2021 10:31PM ET
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People expecting the government to tell them the correct thing to do never results in a good outcome. Their ignorance and hypocrisy is worse than his, and typical of the left. Their masks do nothing in those large crowds.
Luciano Veiga
Luciano Veiga May 29, 2021 9:56PM ET
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Why nobody said anything the latest 3 weeks when much more people were screaming Myth Bolsonaro?????
Wayne Gillispie
Wayne Gillispie May 29, 2021 9:27PM ET
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Mr. Bolsonaro, Ask Mr. Trump how that worked out for him?
Roger Miller
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The Trump administrations preplanning and initiation of operation Warp Speed, where his promise to have a vacine this quick was criticized, all appear to have worked out well!!
Silence Dogood
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President Trump did everything correctly. The dems were crying racism and worried about their "feelings" while the President was restricting travel, correctly calling out the creators, and implementing Warp Speed while the rest of the flakey world was crying for their mommies.
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CatholicMan May 29, 2021 9:27PM ET
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Trump did an awesome job!
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pay for play ape-man lover should go down
 
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