Brazil in crisis
As supporters of Brazilian President protest against the country's Supreme Court, many others in Rio de Janeiro are demonstrating against crimes committed by police in the country.
Iran Press/ America: Hundreds of demonstrates converged on the square in front of the Rio de Janeiro state government palace, protesting crimes committed by the police against black people in the Brazilian city’s poor neighborhoods, known as favelas.
As recently as May 18, a 14-year-old black boy was killed during a Federal Police operation in the Complexo Salgueiro favelas.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro urged his supporters on Monday to put off their protests against the country’s Supreme Court next weekend after counter-demonstrations triggered violent clashes on Sunday.
Anti-Bolsonaro demonstrators protesting against what they called “fascism” clashed with police in a counter-demonstration on Sao Paulo’s main avenue, hurling stones at riot police who responded with tear gas.
Bolsonaro said he had no role in organizing the protests against the Supreme Court. “I don’t coordinate anything ... I just attend,” he said.
The confrontation between Bolsonaro and the court thrust Brazil into a political crisis in the midst of the world’s second-worst outbreak of Coronavirus that has paralyzed Latin America’s largest economy and raised fears of a military coup. 207