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The millions of poor people who watched the demonstration inside a gas canister


In reference to the famine in the country, protesters took ox bones to protest against Jair Bolsonaro’s government on Saturday.NELSON ALMEIDA (AFP)

Millions of hungry poor participated this time in demonstrations against Jair Bolsonaro throughout Brazil. They weren’t physically present because they’re busy surviving and don’t have time to devote themselves to politics. But this time they had more reason than ever to shout “Out, Bolsonaro!” Because in addition to suffering atavistic abandonment, they also suffer the abandonment of a Government that forgets their fate and abandons them to the anguish of not having anything to feed their children.

It had been years since a truck driver who had transported meatless bones from a market to dump them in the dump—as he told days ago—had not seen himself mugged by a group of people, all women, who were fighting over those remains. The truck driver confessed that “it made me want to cry”.

These people who today suffer hunger and government helplessness have never been so many in rich Brazil. Those millions who don’t know how to survive because, they say, “everything is too expensive”, were symbolically represented by gas canisters that never cost so much. Cylinders that the poor can no longer buy and that are forcing families, especially in the interior, to look for scraps of firewood for cooking.

Bolsonaro had joked a few days ago to those who complain about his fanaticism for guns, which he wants families to buy, and who ask for rice and beans instead. Mockingly, he advised them that if a thief enters their homes, “shoot him with beans.”

The president’s lack of empathy and his contempt for the pain and poverty of millions of people are already known even outside Brazil. For him, at a time when his support is crumbling in the polls, the only concern with these millions without work and without food is that they might deny him the vote at the polls.

Demonstrations against the genocide will continue. And if the millions of poor people who were symbolically present hiding in the gas canisters decide to physically participate in them, the coupist’s fate will be set and the captain, with Army and everything, will be assured of his defeat, since his eagerness to strike a coup has been dissipated.

He will not have time for his coup threats, as he will have to devote himself to defending himself and his family against the shooting of serious accusations that the Covid-19 CPI is preparing for him and which could lead him to an international court.

The millions of helpless families cast to their own devices by a president who made it evident that he neither knows nor wants to govern were, though invisible, shouting “Out Bolsonaro.” It is these millions who suffer from oblivion and contempt and who have no hope of getting better while the “myth” remains in power. The captain’s defeat would open the way for someone who can rule this country with normality and without psychopaths. That instead of offering arms to families, be able to bring food, joy and dignity to the tables of the poorest. That dignity that makes them feel like people and that they don’t have to be content with the leftovers of food that were previously given to animals. Wasn’t it the cold hearted president who suggested that these hungry poor people be given the leftovers from the dishes we threw in the trash? Brazil needs to get out of this social hell so that people can regain hope of being treated better than animals.

May the demonstrations become more and more numerous and that “Fora Bolsonaro” continues to resound in the streets so that the nightmare of Brazil being governed with this madness that today shames, impoverishes and dwarfs the country and abroad ends.

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