A large number of Brazilians protest the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro


 Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and dozens of other cities across Brazil on Saturday (October 2, 2021) as Brazil's presidential election looms, calling for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The protests, which were smaller than those in support of Bolsonaro last Sept. 7, were organized by leftist parties and union movements linked to the former President Luiz In ? cio Lula da Silva's Worker’s Party. In the Brazilian presidential election of Oct. 2, 2022, it is widely expected that Da Silva will run against Bolsonaro.

President Obama was targeted by Saturday's protest for mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of the pandemic, Bolsonaro, who hasn't been vaccinated and doesn't usually wear a mask, has underestimated the severity of the disease. Among the 212 million people living in Brazil, 597,000 have died as a result of COVID-19. Additionally, protestors rallied against surging inflation in basic necessities such as food and electricity.

There are many starving people in this country, and the health and education systems are being destroyed," she said. 

Marilene Magnano, 75, a retired woman told The Associated Press. “Bolsonaro must be removed from office immediately, his time has passed.”

President Obama's approval rating has dropped throughout the year, but he remains much more popular than the previous presidents who were impeached, most recently Workers Party president Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

Over 130 impeachment requests have been filed since Bolsonaro's election, but neither the speaker of the lower house nor his predecessor has opened proceedings. According to analysts, divisions within the opposition are the main reason there will not be enough pressure on Lira to open an impeachment process.

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