Masses Protest Against Bolsonaro’s Attacks on Democracy in Brazil

On Monday (01.09.2023), thousands of people gathered in Brazil’s main cities to protest the recent violent attacks carried out by radical Bolsonarists on the headquarters of the three powers of the state on January 8. The demonstrators called for action against those responsible for the anti-democratic acts, as well as former President Jair Bolsonaro, whom they accused of inciting the violence. Protesters also carried signs and posters reading “Fascism will not win!”, “No amnesty for the coup plotters”, “Brazil against terrorism”, and “Democracy in peace”.

The protests were organized by trade unions and left-wing political parties and spread to at least 11 of Brazil’s 27 states. Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, chanting “No amnesty, no amnesty, no amnesty!” In addition, the demonstrators called for Bolsonaro’s imprisonment and voiced their support for democracy.

So far, 1,500 people have been arrested for their involvement in the attack, which included trying to replace Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s government with a military-led one. On Monday night, the new President gained strong support from Brazil’s political and judiciary, leading an unusual joint statement with the heads of the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Federal Supreme Court. All of them condemned the acts of terrorism, and declared that Brazilians would not allow democracy to escape their hands.

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