Brazil: Mock graves dug at Copacabana beach to denounce Bolsonaro's handling of coronavirus spread

Dozens of mock graves were dug by the NGO Rio de Paz at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana beach, to denounce President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, Thursday. People wearing hazmat suits were seen digging the graves on the beach, with Brazilian flags placed on some crosses. Banners with messages reading, 'Brazil is going against what the entire world is doing' and 'Brazil country of graves' were also placed at the beach. «The president of the republic needs to understand that the Brazilian people are going through the worst crisis in its history, there are thousands of dead, bereaved families, unemployment, collapse in industry and commerce, the ghost of hunger lurking in the homes of favela residents,» stressed President of NGO Rio de Paz, Antonio Carlos Costa. «What do we expect from a president at a time like this? Lucidity, that has a direction, solidarity, and empathy,» he added. Brazil is the second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic worldwide after the US. As of Thursday, Brazil has reported more than 800,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 40,000 related deaths, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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