BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT BOLSONARO JOINED PROTESTS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS


21/04/2020




İrem GÖL -TDO- The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, came out to in public to support the protestors against the lockdown orders to contain the coronavirus. While the number of deaths rose to 2,500 on Sunday on Brasil, hundreds of people were protesting against the measures taken against the coronavirus, and demanded the military to intervene in the handling of the coronavirus. They also called for the closure of the Supreme Court and Congress.

600 people gathered in front of the army’s headquarters in the capital Brasilia. Protestors were not wearing masks and also they did not obey the social distancing rules. During his speech, Bolsonaro was coughing. He said: “You must fight for your country. Count on your president to do what is necessary so that we can guarantee democracy and what is most dear to us, our freedom.” He did not make any statement about the crowd’s call for military intervention or the demand to close the Congress.

Small protests denouncing the lockdown measures were also held in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia demanding the resignation of the governors. The lockdown measures taken by the governors were opposed by the president. However, according to a poll published on Saturday, majority of the Brazilians are in favour of the restrictions despite its impact on the economy.


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