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  • Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2019.

    Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 March 2019

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro was greeted with protests in the U.S. where he is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump.

The Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was greeted with protests against him in the United States Sunday. He is visiting the country to meet U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday.

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For the protestors, the meeting between the two leaders "will mean only bad things to the oppressed people in their countries," as "the sexism, racism, and homophobia that come from Trump is the same thing that comes from Bolsonaro."

Sean Blackmoon, who led a protest in Washington shortly after the assassination of Councilwoman Marielle Franco, said that the protests are necessary to draw attention to these causes.

Marielle Franco, an Afro-Brazilian lesbian, a feminist, and a socialist councilwoman, was critical of police violence and the right-wing government. She was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro along with her driver, Anderson Gomes, on the night of March 14, 2018, two weeks after she was named a rapporteur to a special commission to monitor military intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

The protestors came with placards saying "Bolsonaro is a murderer" and "Free Lula", referring to the former Brazilian President (2003-2010) and leftist leader sentenced to 12 years in prison for alleged corruption.

Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2019. | Photo: Reuters
 

Bolsonaro will be staying at the Blair House, in front of the White House, where the protest was taking place. In addition to the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, there will be a joint lunch and a press conference on the joint agenda of the presidents.

This is Bolsonaro’s first official trip since he assumed his office on Jan. 1.  He traveled with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and Economic Minister Paulo Guedes along with four others.

He will also meet Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro.

He already met the former advisor to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, who, since his time in the White House has been trying to galvinize and unite right-wing leaders worldwide.

One of the main issues that will be discussed by Bolsonaro and Trump is Venezuela. The United States is continuing its campaign and interventions against Venezuelan refusing to recognize the rightfully elected leader President Nicolas Maduro and instead recognizing the right-wing opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido who proclaimed himself the “interim president” of the Latin American country.

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