During the demonstrations that took place last Saturday (24), more than 600 thousand people in more than 400 cities in Brazil demanded a vaccine, jobs, emergency aid and the “Fora Bolsonaro”.
The protests took place in a context of worsening living conditions for Brazilians, who are suffering from the advance of the pandemic, which has already left more than 550,000 dead, as well as unemployment and high food prices.
According to federal deputy Orlando Silva (PCdoB-SP), it is necessary that the population continues to take to the streets so that minister Paulo Guedes can be put under pressure and the situation of lack of employment is resolved.
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“If it’s bad, it can get worse. What is the solution? Fight. We have to, very carefully, fill the streets, put pressure on the National Congress, put pressure on the President of the Republic and demand change. It is necessary for us to have a path to generate employment and income”, he stated during an interview with Brazil in fact and to TVT directly from the protest that took place on Avenida Paulista.
According to him, the constant threats to democracy that are being made have certainly encouraged people to take to the streets to show that they are against the advance of authoritarianism in Brazil. “Democracy is no joke. The armed forces have a role that is in the Constitution. Politicizing the armed forces is very dangerous. We have to shout out loud: ‘Never again dictatorship,'” he said.
Raimundo Bonfim, from the Frente Brasil Popular, which is part of the organization of the act, showed that he had the same thoughts regarding the pressure that the streets need to exert in relation to the government of Jair Bolsonaro.
“What does ‘Out Bolsonaro’ mean? He is responsible for unemployment, hunger, increased misery, the environmental destruction of our country, the death of almost 560,000 people and the attack on our country’s democracy. That’s why you can’t wait 2022”, he said.
According to Kelly Monfort, from the national direction of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), it is noticeable how the adhesion to the protests is increasing by several sectors. She, who took part in a demonstration in Ribeirão Preto, in the interior of São Paulo, noticed a greater number on the streets last weekend.
“I noticed today many people with plaques of family members who have lost, the victims of this ongoing genocide in our country, people with T-shirts reminding them of their relatives, close friends…so this was very important. As the acts become plural spaces, the tendency is for society to grow and advance in this much-needed political participation”, he said.
According to Monfort, it is also appalling that people are suffering so much to be able to eat in Brazil. “This is an extremely serious situation, but the government is directly responsible for the scrapping of public policies to strengthen family farming. This is the moment we most needed a food purchase program and the Bolsonaro government dismantled this policy,” he said.
The acts also had the participation of several artists. One of them was actor Paulo Betti, who commented on the importance of the artistic class being part of the protests that are taking place across the country.
“The artistic class has an almost unanimous understanding that this government is harmful, in a way that is malignant for the culture in the sense of seeking to curtail, in an unimaginable way, the general cultural expression in the country”, he explained.
The population showed its dissatisfaction with the government in various parts of Brazil. Images show that families were united in the acts. In addition, the protesters also invited, through posters, those who voted for Bolsonaro but no longer agree with him to participate in the protests.
In Brasília, for example, a large number of people gathered at the National Museum of the Republic, on the Esplanada dos Ministérios. The demonstration proceeded towards the lawn of the National Congress.
In Santa Catarina, thousands of people marched through the city’s central streets in the fifth act that took place in the region. In it, a health committee insisted on, at all times, informing about the hygiene protocols during the demonstration to prevent the demonstrators from being contaminated with the coronavirus.
In Recife, the act started around 10 am and protesters traveled about 5 km from the central region. Organizers pointed out that the weekend’s protest had brought together 25,000 people.
Edition: Rebeca Cavalcante