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    Brazil tops 5,00,000 deaths, protests against President

    Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on June 19 as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million — a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimise the disease.

    Thousands gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro waving flags with slogans such as “Get out Bolsonaro. Government of hunger and unemployment”.

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    “Brazil is experiencing a great setback. The country was an exemplary country for vaccination in the world. We have widely recognized institutions, but today we are in a sad situation,” said Isabela Gouljor, a 20-year-old student who joined the protest in Rio.

    Other marchers hoisted posters reading: “500 thousand deaths. It’s his fault,” alluding to Mr. Bolsonaro.

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