A few hours before the start of the Copa América, while his country, which registers an average of 1,727 deaths per day in the last two weeks, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, was repudiated by a group of passengers at the Vitoria airport, when the president tried to carry out a proselytizing act. “Genocide!”, “Out with Bolsonaro!”, “Vaccine now!” Was heard among the passengers.
Bolsonaro arrived at the airport in the southeast of the country for a political event in which hundreds of followers who received him with shouts of encouragement, in the middle of a crowd, without distance and with scant chinstraps, a repeated image among the followers of the denialist president of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the news turned out to be the visit that Bolsonaro made inside one of the commercial aircraft, where he received some gestures of support, but he had to withdraw guarded by the rejection of his management and a claim for a impeachment, which alienates him from the government before the 2022 elections, in which former President Lula Da Silva is the candidate with the most support.
Begining of June and while giving a speech on the national network, Bolsonaro also received the biggest cacerolazo against his management, criticized among other issues for its handling of the pandemic.
Brazil has a low percentage of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (around 11% of the population) and a high virus transmission rate, with the average number of new cases of the disease above 50,000 per day. In this context, Bolsonaro is being investigated by a Senate commission because rejected offers of vaccines and opted for remedies such as chloroquine, an antimalarial, as a public policy to encourage people to go out to work.
The claims against the president were also felt in the street, with a massive protest in different cities on May 29 to redouble criticism of the management of the pandemic, call for an increase in economic aid and demand his resignation.
“Out with Bolsonaro”, “Bolsonaro genocidal” and “Vaccines now” were some of the slogans that they will hear again before the next protest called by the social movements for Saturday, June 19.