Brazilian students, coordinated by their main organizations, were called to protest for October 10 and 18 against the educational cuts announced by the government headed by President Jair Bolsonaro.
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The National Union of Students (UNE), the Brazilian Union of Secondary Students (UBES) and the National Association of Postgraduate Students (ANPG) are the main promoters of the initiative.
In addition to the aforementioned national events, other plenary sessions and demonstrations at universities and federal institutes would be scheduled.
“We are going to organize the largest movement in the universities and in the streets and at the polls. On the 30th we will put Bolsonaro in the trash of history,” said the president of the UNE, Bruna Brelaz.
Likewise, he accused Bolsonaro of taking money from education to budget for his “failed campaign”, referring to the defeat of Bolsonaroism in the first round of the elections.
In fact, already in Salvador de Bahia, teachers from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) staged a protest in the Canela neighborhood, in front of the rectory, according to local media reports.
Now, a new blockade established this October 5th would take close to 1,000 million reais (191 million dollars approximately) from higher education and affects it so much that public universities risk not having enough money to pay their employees and other expenses.
With the measures against education, including the temporary blocking of funds, education has already lost about 2.4 billion reais (approximately 460 million dollars).
The cut against the educational budget had been announced last Friday, two days before the first electoral round
The text published by the National Association of Directors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education (Andifes) detailed that the total funds cut for university expenses would be 328 million reais (more than 62 million dollars).