Brazil's president pushing an ideological war against the country's universities, which he believes is controlled by the left-wing people. He wants universities to stop that train sociologists and philosophers because he thinks that they do not bring to society something. His minister of education, says that it is ”a mess” at the universities, and that it is common that the students go naked.
" I'm so damned tired of Bolsonaro. He is proof that with no training, you become an idiot, " says Adriane Dahrer, 57, and fashion designer.
She is one of 150 000 demonstrators that filled the Avenida Presidente Vargas in Rio de Janeiro yesterday to show their displeasure with the Bolsonaros attacks against the country's education system.
" It goes against the constitution to cut so hard in the education budget without specifying a legitimate reason, she says.Image 1 of 3 Protests in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AP Slide 2 of 3 Maria Eduarda Acioly. Photo: Henrik Brandão Jönsson Slide 3 of 3 Filosofiläraren Barbara Castanho. Photo: Henrik Brandão Jönsson. Slideshow
in the first major today against Bolsonaro is the students who are defending their training.
" I go last year in high school. Next year I have planned to study biology at university, but I don't know if there will be enough seats, " says Maria Eduarda Acioly.
She lives far out in the suburb and have taken to the centre of Rio, together with their classmates in order to show the need for more places at universities in Brazil.
– It is already difficult for us who live in the suburb to enter the universities. Now, it will only get more difficult, she believes.
in the united states, where he on Thursday will receive a prize of the american-brazilian chamber of commerce who named him as ”personality of the Year”. At first it was thought that the awarding of the prize would take place in New York, but after the city's mayor said that were not interested in receiving homofoben Bolsonaros hat in New York city moved the dividend to Dallas, Texas. Outside their hotel in Dallas, he was asked by the brazilian media what he thinks about those who are protesting against his proposals to cut the budget to universities by 30 percent.
– the Majority of them are political activists. They are useful idiots being used as puppets by a smart small minority that constitutes the core of the public universities in Brazil, he said.
mass protests in Brazil took place in more than 200 cities in all of the country's 27 states. The organizers estimate the number of participants to over a million and a half. Many of those who participated in the demonstration were teachers who yesterday participated in a national strike in the country's schools and universities.
– call us useful idiots, but that is exactly what he is. He has no idea on which project he embarked on, says Barbara Castanho, 42.
She teaches philosophy at the state high school, Faetec in Rio de Janeiro.
" He wants to cut education just when we need it most. Honestly I think he is afraid. He does not want critical thinking people, " she says.