Tens of thousands of Brazilians protested this Saturday in the main cities of the country to demand the removal of the president Jair Bolsonaro, in a convocation of parties and movements of the left, which also rejected the increase in inflation and unemployment.
The protests in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo and BrasiliaIn addition to a hundred cities, they were summoned by the ‘Bolsonaro National Campaign Out,’ backed by a dozen left-wing parties, union centrals and the Direitos Já! group, which brings together leaders from 19 benches.
The demonstrations they achieved a greater adherence of parties than in past mobilizations. Some right-wing leaders rallied against the claims of the economic crisis, although they do not necessarily support the request for ‘impeachment’.
In Candelaria, a central Rio de Janeiro neighborhood, thousands of people marched with banners that read “Bolsonaro Out” and flags of the former president’s Workers Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and the Labor Democratic Party (PDT), among others.
“We are going to get him out, the bet of the people present in the streets is to pressure the parliamentarians and end up asking for the ‘impeachment’ of Bolsonaro,” Elizabeth Simoes, a 69-year-old retired teacher, told Afp.
More than a hundred requests for impeachment against Bolsonaro await in the Chamber of Deputies, but its president Arthur Lira, an ally of the Government, has given signs that they will not be processed.
In Sao Paulo, tens of thousands of people gathered in the afternoon in the central Paulista Avenue, with the participation of the presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, leader of the PDT and third in the 2018 elections, and the leader of the PSOL, William Boulos.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Esplanade of the Ministries, in Brasilia. In addition, protests were registered in 20 of the 27 states of Brazil and in 60 cities, including 14 capitals, according to a Brazilian press count.
Among the red flags of the PT and the Central Unica de Trabajadores (CUT), which tend to predominate in this type of protests, were some of the LGBT movement and Brazil, turned into a symbol of the pro-Bolsonaro marches.
Months ago, protests led by leftist movements focused on calling for the impeachment of Bolsonaro for his chaotic management of the pandemic, which leaves almost 600,000 dead, but this time they added claims for the increase in food prices and fuels, as well as the 14.1 million unemployed.
“The population is going hungry and we can’t take this government anymore,” said Isadora Lessa, 22, in Rio.
«What is the importance of being here? Let him know that he is not unanimous, that he is going to have a hard time getting elected again. If he does not suffer an ‘impeachment’, he loses the election in 2022, “said Marcelo Werneck, who participated in the protests in Rio in honor of the” friends and family “who died from Covid-19.
Besieged by judicial investigations and the economic crisis, Bolsonaro’s popularity plummeted in recent months to 22%, its lowest level since he came to power in January 2019.
Wide advantage of Lula in a poll
One year after elections In 2022, the far-right president would obtain 26% of the vote in the first round, compared to 44% for Lula, according to a poll by the Datafolha Institute on September 17.
This week, the 66-year-old president focused on celebrating his thousand days in office with events and inaugurations, leaving aside the attacks on the institutions that he maintained weeks ago, in particular against the judiciary.
The demonstrations on Saturday take place after Bolsonaro led massive demonstrations in Brasilia and Sao Paulo on September 7, where some 125,000 sympathizers were concentrated, according to data from the São Paulo authorities.