In the first major public demonstration against the Jair Bolsonaro government, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in at least 170 cities across Brazil yesterday to protest education budget cuts implemented by the sitting administration. The Ministry of Education decided to freeze BRL 5.7bn of the department’s budget, including a 30% cut in discretionary funding for federal universities. A further BRL 1.7bn in cuts were announced this week. Salaries and other obligatory expenses will not be affected.
When asked by journalists earlier that day, President Jair Bolsonaro declared the protesters were “useful idiots.” Mr. Bolsonaro is currently in Dallas, Texas, on an official visit. “The majority of them are militants, their heads are empty.
Judge Marcelo Bretas, head of Op. Car Wash in Rio, ordered the auction of luxury goods owned by former governor Sergio Cabral and former tycoon Eike Batista. A yacht and a Lamborghini are among the objects. Cabral is serving a 200-year jail sentence for corruption. https://t.co/nQS4LiY6mn
The police chief in charge of the investigations into the Brumadinho dam collapse stated that explosives were detonated on day of the tragedy, 1.5 km from the site. Vale, the dam's owner, denies this. Five months ago, the dam failure killed over 200 people https://t.co/uTlwiP1n88https://t.co/PkGE9JlmMr