PROTESTS IN BRAZIL AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS


20/04/2020




İrem GÖL -TDO- A crowd took the streets to protest against the lockdown measures opposed by the President Bolsonaro and imposed by the governors. The protests were held in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia. The crowd called for governors to resign over measures that have forced the economy to shutdown leaving many people unemployed in the last couple of weeks. President Bolsonaro was against these measures as well. He was expressing his concerns for the economic harm which would be more damaging than the coronavirus itself.

Brazil has the most cases of coronavirus in Latin America with 36,500 infected people and 2,347 deaths. The protests took places one day after Luiz Henrique Mandetta, the health minister who had been promoting the isolation measures was fired due to disagreements over the proper response to contain the spread of the virus.

President Bolsonaro took a very similar stance to the US President Donald Trump about the measures to contain the coronavirus. He was encouraging the Brazilians to go back to work. A state legislator who called the residents to the protest, Anderson Moraes said: “Either we just have the pandemic, which is already a lot, or we have the pandemic and chaos. For sure, lives are more important than anything else, but we can’t take decisions today without thinking about tomorrow. Because tomorrow, I don’t know how a family man will be when he sees his children going hungry.”


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