July 6, 2020

Cacerolazos and request for removal against Bolsonaro amid the coronavirus

A wave of cacerolazos in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and a new dismissal request against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro slipped in on Tuesday amid the global crisis from the coronavirus, which registered its first two deaths in Brazil.

In a call through social networks, hundreds of people came to the windows and balconies of their houses with saucepans and shouts of “outside Bolsonaro”, anticipating the protests called for this Wednesday against the president and that may be cut short by the restrictions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The central São Paulo neighborhoods of Consolaçao, Santa Cecilia, Higienópolis, Bela Vista, Pompeia and Jardins, next to Avenida Paulista, and those of Jardim Botánico and Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, had protests against the ruler.

However, in some sectors, such as in the São Paulo neighborhood of Perdizes, there were demonstrations in favor of the military dictatorship that ruled the country between 1964 and 1985 and Bolsonaro, who on Sunday received a mass bath from his supporters in mobilizations that they resisted the restrictions by COVID-19.

Bolsonaro himself, who gave a negative result in the two tests carried out to detect the disease after having been in contact with several infected collaborators, ignored the medical advice and exchanged greetings and hugs with the supporters who went to the presidential palace in Brasilia.

The cacerolazo took place hours after this Tuesday, the deputy Leandro Grass, 34, and from the opposition party Rede, presented to Congress the tenth order of removal against the president under the complaint that the head of state incited the demonstrations last Sunday in the middle of a pandemic.

The request alleges that Bolsonaro committed a “crime of responsibility” by supporting the marches in videos released through social media.

This attitude, according to the plaintiff, is contrary to the guidelines of the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), which demand avoiding crowds to stop the spread of the virus.

For Grass, the request for a trial against the ruler is also based on the recent “sexual” offenses against the journalist Patricia Campos Mello, who in a report denounced the spread of false messages on WhatsApp by businessmen who supported the Bolsonaro’s candidacy in 2018.

Since taking office on January 1, 2019, Congress has received ten impeachment petitions, some on file and others pending.

Grass’s is the first after protests for the president last Sunday.

Other former allies, such as lawyer and regional deputy Janaina Paschoal, have also called for the resignation of Bolsonaro, whom they accuse of committing a crime against public health for promoting the protests.


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