Jair Bolsonaro leads 'irresponsible' lockdown protests in Brazil


IN THE PAPERS - Monday, April 20: Brazilian paper O Dia decries the protests against confinement measures - rallies that are being led by President Jair Bolsonaro. With anti-lockdown sentiment also growing in the US, images of nurses confronting protesters go viral. We also look at growing criticism of the British government's handling of the crisis and the London mayor's call to publish demographic data on victims. And New Yorkers can now get married online - but not divorced.


In Brazil, the anti-lockdown movement is being led by none other than President Jair Bolsonaro. He spoke at a rally in the capital on Sunday in front of a crowd of several hundred people. "A handful of irresponsible people", according to the paper O Dia, which notes that it comes as Brazil has reached nearly 40,000 cases of Covid-19, the highest in South America. 


In the United States, President Donald Trump has been accused of fuelling the protests against lockdown measures. The divided country has also seen a backlash to the backlash. In Denver, Colorado, healthcare workers stood in the street, blocking the path of protesters. Images of the standoff taken by photojournalist Alyson McClaran have gone viral.


In the UK, criticism of the government’s handling of the crisis continues to grow. Even right-wing tabloid the Daily Mail is talking about a "Betrayal" of healthcare workers. The paper notes that despite the government claiming that they are "straining every sinew", hospital workers are set to run out of protective gowns today and a flight meant to airlift equipment from Turkey has been delayed.  

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling for the government to collect and publish demographic information about virus victims. Much like in the US, he writes that black, Asian, and ethnic minority citizens are being disproportionately affected by the outbreak… and that it should be a wake-up call to the country.


And finally, there's good news for couples in New York who have had to postpone their weddings. Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it legally possible to obtain a marriage licence remotely. One of the first virtual brides said that the experience allowed her and her partner "to focus on what really matters". Couples will want to think long and hard though – it is not yet possible to get virtually divorced.

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