Wed. Dec 11th, 2019

Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro's educational policies again

The Brazilians returned to the streets of Brazil on Tuesday to protest against the cuts in education promoted by the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, although criticisms of the reform of the pension and retirement system were also cited among the claims.

The marches were repeated in at least 38 cities in about twenty states of Brazil, but they were less powerful than the one convened last May in the whole country after the blocking of funds to federal universities.

The highest concentrations took place in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, although in Brasilia, capital of the country, groups of students and university professors had the support of groups of rural and indigenous women.

This is the third mobilization of students against the educational policy of the Government of Bolsonaro, a captain of the Army reserve who has undertaken a crusade against what he considers "cultural Marxism" in the area of ​​Education.

The Executive has also announced hard cuts in funds for universities and has proposed the change of an educational system in which he sees an embryo of leftist ideology and exalted military education.

Among the demands of this Tuesday, the participants also conveyed their message of rejection of the reform of the pension and retirement system, the star project of the new Government in economic matters and that it has already passed its first screening in Congress.

The project that alters the minimum age for access to retirement has been approved in the second round in the Chamber of Deputies and now needs the endorsement of the Brazilian Senate.

With the reform, rejected by trade unions and social movements, the Government intends to reduce spending with a pension system that it considers "broken", end a chronic public sector deficit and free up resources for investment in key areas.

The Bolsonaro Government, through the Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, has said that if the reform is approved, revenues will increase and "the budget will return."

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