Multiple political and civil society groups are calling for demonstrations to be held throughout the country on Sunday, May 26, to support policies proposed by President Jair Bolsonaro, particularly pension reforms and anticrime laws. President Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday, May 21, that he will not participate in the rallies and has asked his ministers to also refrain from attending the events. Associated rallies are expected to be held in major urban areas across the country, including in São Luís, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Curitiba. Opponents of President Bolsonaro are also expected to hold demonstrations to denounce the government’s policies. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces or rival groups cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Brazil are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized disruption and a heightened security presence in the event of any demonstrations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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