Brazilian protesters call for Bolsonaro’s impeachment for the second time in a month
On Saturday, protesters in several Brazilian cities took to the streets to demand the impeachment of far-right President Bolsonaro. His reputation has declined in recent weeks due to corruption scandals in the context of the pandemic.
It was reported this week that Brazil’s Ministry of National Defense told the Congress’ leadership that if the country’s electronic voting system is not modified to include the paper record of each vote, next year’s election will not be held.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly hinted without evidence that the current system is prone to fraud, but the Brazilian government denied this accusation.
The president faces re-election in a possible race next year His political enemy, Former left-wing president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. Current opinion polls show that Bolsonaro lost to Lula.
Protesters’ continued opposition
Saturday’s protest was at least the second time this month that Brazilians took to the streets in several cities against Bolsonaro.
Marcos Kirst, a protester in Sao Paulo, said: “I’m here because it’s time to react to our takeover of our country’s genocidal government.”
More than 500,000 Brazilians have died of COVID-19 Under Bolsonaro’s leadership, Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for neglecting the severity of the disease and opposing wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.
Bolsonaro is currently under investigation in the Senate, which is investigating the possibility of corruption related to the purchase of India’s coronavirus vaccine.
As of 4pm local time on Saturday, Paulista Avenue in São Paulo is a traditional place for political protests, and more than 1,000 people have gathered.
Bolsonaro greeted supporters while riding a motorcycle in the capital Brasilia on Saturday.