Groups of protesters took to the streets in cities such as Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba to protest against the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) on the November 15th holiday.
The predominant theme of the demonstrations is the request for President Lula’s impeachment. But the protesters are also calling for a printed vote in the next elections and the restriction of the powers of the Federal Supreme Court.
In São Paulo, the protesters gathered on Avenida Paulista, but had difficulties mobilizing due to the fact that the Military Police had changed the location where the event was authorized at the last minute. The demonstration began around 2pm.
Activist Adilson Zambotti followed the protests in front of one of the two sound cars involved. “People are coming, the movement is increasing,” he said at the beginning of the event.
At the Rio de Janeiro, hundreds of protesters dressed in green and yellow gathered on the edge of Copacabana beach, close to Rua Miguel Lemos. The act started around 10am. Protest participants complained against the action of the municipal guard who had seized flags from alleged irregular sellers.
The demonstration in Brasilia It took place on Eixão, an avenue that is closed on holidays for leisure purposes. Images released on the social network
In the capital of Paraná, protesters gathered at the Civic Center, the region where the headquarters of the state’s public authorities are located. According to the organizers, 4 thousand people participated in the event in Curitibawhich featured speeches by opposition politicians.
“They told me that this square today was bringing together a bunch of crazy people. But it’s a bunch of crazy people for Brazil, who will defend our country until the last consequences”, said state deputy Fabio Oliveira, from Podemos, in front of the Iguaçu Palace . The parliamentarian also asked for applause for jurist Deltan Dallagnol (Novo-PR), who was among the protesters, and shouted “Lula, thief, you belong in prison”.
In Belo Horizonte, the meeting took place at Praça da Liberdade and also started in the morning. The main demand was the end of the Lula government.
Right-wing politicians restricted their participation in the events and did not publish photos or references to the protests on their social networks. Their lack of participation in the preparation of the events would have weakened the demonstrations.
Some of the protesters also took Israeli flags to the streets to express support for the war against the terrorist group Hamas.