Thousands of people marched in their vehicles in several Brazilian cities to protest against the pace considered too slow of the vaccination campaign against the Covid-19. They also called for the dismissal of the president.
At the call of left-wing parties and organizations, a noisy procession of some 500 vehicles marched through the main avenues of the political capital Brasilia on January 23, 2021, displaying slogans such as “Vaccine pour tous”, “Oxygène”, “Bolsonaro” outside ”or“ Impeachment yes ”. The protesters’ demands are the acceleration of the pace of vaccinations in Brazil and the dismissal of President Jair Bolsonaro for his management of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Demonstrators also marched against the end of emergency aid granted from April to the end of December 2020 to 68 million Brazilians, or nearly a third of the population.
Similar protests were held in several other cities across the country, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Curitiba.
“Today, we had the first major demonstrations of 2021. The first of many others to come against this genocidal government”, tweeted in particular a leader of the Workers’ Party, Jilmar Tatto.
Hoje tivemos as primeiras grand manifestações of 2021. Primeiras de muitas que ainda virão contra esse governo genocida. O Brasil não you aguenta but, Bolsonaro! O povo eo @ptbrasil não sairão das ruas enquanto você não sair da presidência! #ForaBolsonaropic.twitter.com/tDMZba1mbK
– Jilmar Tatto (@jilmartatto) January 24, 2021
Opponents of the conservative president accuse him of having minimized the severity of Covid-19, the head of state having in particular questioned the use of masks and the effectiveness of vaccines. He also criticized the containment measures taken by the governors of Brazilian states, stressing their negative effects on the economy.
Its central government is the target of severe criticism for its management of the health crisis and the pace considered too slow of the vaccination campaign, which began this week with many hiccups: lack of doses and even syringes.
The demonstrations are to continue on January 24 in major cities, this time at the call of right-wing parties and organizations, such as the Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) and Vem Para Rua (Come to the streets), which had supported Jair Bolsonaro when he came to power in January 2019, but then distanced themselves from his handling of the pandemic.
The South American country of 212 million inhabitants deplores more than 215,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, according to AFP.