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Coronavirus protest in Brazil sees thousands and thousands bang pots from balconies

Demonstrators hit pots as they protest against a speech by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in São Paulo, 19 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Demonstrators shout and hit pots from their residence home windows in São Paulo, Brazil

People in Brazil have expressed anger at President Jair Bolsonaro’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic by banging pots and pans collectively on balconies.

Millions of protesters within the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro appeared at home windows on Wednesday night calling for the president to step down.

It was the most important protest in opposition to Mr Bolsonaro’s authorities thus far.

There are over 500 circumstances of the virus in Brazil, together with two authorities ministers. Four folks have died.

Mr Bolsonaro, who has beforehand dismissed precautions taken in opposition to the novel coronavirus as “hysteria” and “fantasy”, has been criticised for his response to the lethal outbreak.

The president has been examined for the virus twice, however stated on each events the outcomes have been adverse.

However 14 individuals who travelled with him to Florida to satisfy President Trump have examined optimistic for the virus.

Wednesday’s loud protests started throughout a televised assertion by the president within the afternoon, then resumed with extra depth at an agreed time later within the night.

People in tall buildings and homes throughout the nation banged empty pots, switched their lights on and off and shouted “Bolsonaro out!”.

Mr Bolsonaro used his televised handle to announce emergency measures to restrict the unfold of the virus, and a monetary support bundle to assist the economic system and low-income households.

Appearing alongside his prime ministers, all carrying face masks, the president acknowledged the “gravity” of the pandemic, however added: “I want to calm the Brazilian people… we can’t let ourselves go into hysteria.”

However, he admitted that there have been possible many further circumstances not included within the official statistics.

The Brazilian authorities additionally stated it might ask Congress to declare a “public state of calamity” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was not sufficient to appease the protesters.

Image copyright AFP
Image caption President Bolsonaro took a selfie with supporters outdoors the presidential palace on Sunday

On Sunday, Mr Bolsonaro was criticised for popping out of reported self-isolation to mingle with 1000’s of his supporters who have been marching in protest at Brazil’s Congress and judiciary.

His well being ministry had earlier warned in opposition to attending massive gatherings.

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