BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:34 A.M.) – Tens of thousands of Brazilians returned to the streets Friday to protest reforms backed by President Michel Temer’s conservative government, AFP reported.
Union members, students, teachers and leftist groups gathered late in the afternoon in central Sao Paulo to demonstrate, as similar protests took place nationwide in cities including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, the report continued.
The protest was described by unions as a “warm-up” for a general strike set for April 28.
“Today is another national day of demonstrations against the reform of the pension system, labor laws and all the attacks that the Temer government and its allies are committing against the workers of this country,” said Marcella Azevedo, who leads the Movement of Women in Struggle group.
An Ibope poll commissioned by Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry said Friday that just 31 percent consider Temer’s government is doing an acceptable job, 55 percent call the performance bad or terrible and only 10 percent said it was good or excellent, PressTV reported.