Tens of thousands of protesters marched through cities across Brazil on Saturday, calling for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro for his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Reuters.

Why is this important: Brazil’s Senate is holding hearings that could lead to Bolsonaro’s impeachment as the country’s Supreme Court investigates his government’s handling of coronavirus vaccine contracts. Bolsonaro has threatened to reject the results of Brazil’s October 2022 presidential election amid low approval ratings.

Protesters wave flags and chant slogans as part of protests against Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro. Many of those protesting across the country have ties to the party of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da, which is expected to run against Bolsonaro in 2022, AP notes. Photo by Silva by Getty Images
Protesters take part in a demonstration against Bolsonaro’s government in Brasilia on October 2. Protesters also marched to highlight inflation and high fuel prices, according to Reuters. Photo: Mateus Bonomi / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
An image of Bolsonaro is burned during a protest in São Paulo on October 2. Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the pandemic and been fined for flouting a state government mask mandate. Photo: Nelson Almeida / AFP via Getty Images
Protesters with crosses during an anti-Bolsonaro demonstration in Rio de Janeiro on October 2. About 597,000 have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, AP reports. Photo: Getty Images

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