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Sat May 29, 2021, 06:40 PM

Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro's COVID response

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 São Paulo, Brazil's (and Latin America's) largest city, thousands of mask-wearing people blocked one the largest city's avenues.

One large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.

At: https://news.yahoo.com/brazilians-stage-nationwide-protests-against-194117007.html

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