Brazil: Sao Paulo favela residents demand more help amid COVID-19 lockdown

A group of residents from Paraisópolis, a Sao Paulo favela, protested on Monday, demanding that authorities help vulnerable communities amid ongoing lockdown measures implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus. During the protest, the demonstrators donned face masks and abided by social distancing recommendations. The protesters attempted to reach Bandeirantes Palace, the state... Еще government's headquarters in Sao Paulo, but police prevented them from reaching their destination. The lockdown measures have strongly affected the state's vulnerable low-income population, as they are currently unable to work, with many fearing a food shortage. «We have to continue to do our part but the government has to do its part. And we, from Paraisópolis and other favelas, need alternatives for the needy. We will continue to do our work, but the government has to do its part, it has to think of policies for the vulnerable communities in Brazil,» said Suelen, a protester. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has some reported 245,595 coronavirus cases, with related 16,370 deaths.

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