Brazil: Public workers demonstrate against reopening of schools and privatisation of services

Public workers held a rally outside the Sao Paulo City Hall on Wednesday against reopening of schools amid the COVID pandemic and privatisation of public services. Demonstrators could be seen holding signs reading 'Bolsonaro out' and chanting anti-government slogans. «The mayor thinks that 80 people dying a day in Sao Paulo is nothing. That means 800 people every 10 days, almost 3000 people a month. He thinks its reasonable that the city has this number of deceased, and it will rise with children running around,» said Sergio, a demonstrator and speaker at the event. «The workers, the population, we are all here to send a message to [Sao Paulo mayor] Bruno Covas that we don't want outsourcing. In this moment, we have to be focused on saving the lives of those infected and dying due to the pandemic. No privatisation, no subcontracting of the Campo Limpo Hospital, and all the units in Sao Paulo and all public equipment,» said Lourdes, another demonstrator. Brazil has been one of the worst hit nations by the coronavirus outbreak. The total number of confirmed cases is approaching 2.5 million.

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