Thousands march in cities across Brazil to support President Jair Bolsonaro

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Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil today to show support for President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings five months into his term.

The stumbling start for the far-right leader who rode a wave of dissatisfaction with Brazil's political class to victory led his backers to call for the demonstrations, which represented a mixed bag of demands and protests. The idea for demonstrations in favor of Bolsonaro gained steam after tens of thousands of people across Brazil last week protested budget cuts to public education imposed by his government.

Bolsonaro, who earlier in his political career said he would close Congress if he were ever president, told reporters on Friday he didn't support calls to close institutions.

In a tweet, Janaína Paschoal, a federal congresswoman whose name was floated as a potential vice president, said that Bolsonaro's biggest risk was himself, his sons and some of his staff members. (AIR NEWS)