Nationwide Anti-Bolsonaro Protests Marked For July 24

Leftist unions and social movements promise to put hundreds of thousands on the streets of 400 towns and cities.

by Brasil de Fato

This past Tuesday (22nd), the group that unifies organizations seeking the impeachment of president Jair Bolsonaro, scheduled new acts of protest for the 24th of July under the banner “Bolsonaro, Out”, but that will also demand that the vaccination program be accelerated, emergency Covid 19 aid payments of R$600/month and an end to police violence.

The group is comprised of social movement/labor union networks the Brazil People’s Front and the People Without Fear Front, and left wing political parties such as the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores/PT) and the Communist Party (Partido Communista do Brasil/PC do B).

“We managed to build a large following around a new day of protest on July 24th. During this period we want to create a broad coalition of groups and civil society organizations which oppose the Bolsonaro government”, affirms national Rural Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) and Brazil People’s Front coordinator, João Paulo Rodrigues.

With the expectation that other groups will join the campaign, a day of protests in the countryside is being discussed for July 25th, Rural Worker’s Day.

“We will talk with the parties who are putting together a new unified impeachment request and the main labor unions, which play an important role in the mass adoption of the protest movement, bringing the working class into our struggle”, highlights Rodrigues.

During protests held last Saturday (19th), organizers say that 750,000 people took to the streets in 400 towns and cities nationwide, and in more than 40 cities abroad.

Protest organizers are asking all participants to wear masks, preferably the PFF2 / N95 type, and that they use hand sanitizer. They are also asking protesters to respect social distancing guidelines during the marches.

This article originally appeared in Brasil de Fato, was edited by Leandro Melito, translated by Ítalo Piva and can be read in its original form here.