Demonstrations that took place in several cities in Brazil on Tuesday, September 7, the day of the country’s declaration of independence, gained space in the international press, with a focus on President Jair Bolsonaro’s participation and his speech against the Supreme Court.
The British Guardian newspaper provides coverage from its correspondent Tom Phillips in Brasilia that thousands of people have gathered in the country’s capital after the president, but opinion polls indicate that the current government is “derailed ahead of next year’s elections”.
Coverage features an image of a protester holding a pistol, raising the Brazilian flag, with the headline: “Bolsonaro fanatics take to the streets of Brazil to incite firing squads and coups.”
Also in the UK, the BBC declared “Brazil on edge as Bolsonaro supporters march to Congress,” also noting the low popularity of the president, who uses events to criticize the judiciary and Congress, and that security should be boosted by threats to invade public buildings.
The American newspaper “New York Times” publishes an analysis of the events in which it declares: “The rallies in support of Bolsonaro could be a prelude to the seizure of power,” as critics say. According to analysts interviewed by the publication, there are similarities between Bolsonaro and former US President Donald Trump, while the Brazilian sees his popularity waning.
The Washington Post, the main newspaper in the US federal capital, repeats the coverage of the Associated Press (AP), declaring that “Bolsonaro seeks a show of force,” but risks a move that could go wrong.
NPR, the US public media, also repeats the AP’s coverage, but puts Brazilian President Bolsonaro against the country’s Supreme Court. “Bolsonaro, from Brazil, gathers his followers against the courts in a large demonstration,” reads the post’s call.
The tone regarding the cases against the highest court remains in the Argentine “Claren”. Jair Bolsonaro invaded the streets and attacked court members in the actions of Brasilia and Sao Paulo. The text states that demonstrations were called in defense of freedom, but that “demands with anti-democratic connotations were highlighted”, and that the president’s speeches – in Brasilia and São Paulo – were threats to the STF.
In Spanish El País, the highlight is the mass mobilization while “Bolsonaro threatens a firm stand against the Supreme Court”.
In a more moderate tone, French Le Monde said: “In Brazil, Bolsonaro is trying to mobilize by promising his supporters a ‘new story’.”
The website of the German magazine “Der Spiegel” focused on the incident that occurred on Monday night (6), when protesters broke the boundaries of police protection in Brasilia to invade the Esplanada dos Ministérios.
The magazine also tells about the temporary measure that Jair Bolsonaro signed on the eve of the demonstrations. The deputy who modifies Marco Civil da Internet (MCI). According to the Federal Government’s Department of Communications, the attorney promotes the rights and guarantees of network users and fights “arbitrary and unreasonable removal of accounts, personal files and content by service providers.”
The September 7th holiday was marked by several actions for and against the federal government. In São Paulo, actions against and in favor of the government resulted in traffic lanes being closed, with protesters gathering in different parts of the city.
Pro-Bolsonaro protesters gathered early on Avenida Paulista, whose perimeter has been blocked to vehicular traffic ahead of schedule. President Jair Bolsonaro arrived in the city in the afternoon, flew over the street in a helicopter and delivered a statement in front of the Visp building in front of his supporters. The president had already spoken on Tuesday morning during the event in Brasilia.
In the Anhangabaú Valley, there was a demonstration against the government. Movements increased in the past hour, and some streets around the place were forced to close cars due to the movement of protesters.
In Rio de Janeiro, pro-government protesters are concentrated on the outskirts of Copacabana, south of the capital, Rio de Janeiro. Most of the residents wore green and yellow and carried the Brazilian flag.
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