17 April 2020 Daily Digest of COVID-19 News and Analysis

LULA: BOLSONARO LEADING BRAZIL ‘TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE’ OVER COVID-19 (17 APRIL 2020)

The Guardian: Jair Bolsonaro is leading Brazilians “to the slaughterhouse” with his criminally irresponsible handling of coronavirus, the country’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has said.

CLIMATE ACTIONS SHOULD NOT BE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19, BOTH CRISES ARE THREATS TO US ALL (16 APRIL 2020)

Global Justice Now: The novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has shown us how interconnected we are and how fragile the global economic system is. Since its first identification in Wuhan, China in mid-December last year, the virus has spread rapidly to almost every county in the world and become a pandemic. It has now brought billions of people into lockdown, has infected close to 1.3 million people and caused close to 80,000 deaths and still rising by early April. The virus continues to spread and if not addressed soon it could infect two-thirds or 60% of the global population according to estimates.

POLICE ARE USING LOCKDOWN TO CHARGE, FINE, AND INTIMIDATE REFUGEE ACTIVISTS (16 APRIL 2020)

Redflag: When activists took part in a car cavalcade protest calling for the release of refugees detained in a hotel in Melbourne’s north, Victoria Police used new powers to fine participants a total of nearly $50,000 and charged an organiser with “incitement”.

RECORDING: SOUTH AFRICA, PALESTINE AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 (16 APRIL 2020) 

YouTube: SA BDS Coalition hosted a webinar on SA, Palestine and Global Solidarity in the Time of Covid-19, with Dr Mustafa Barghouti, Dr Lydia Cairncross, Dr Adam Hanieh, Mercia Andrews and Mikayla Boorany

‘THEY’RE LEAVING US TO DIE’: ECUADORIANS’ PLEAD FOR HELP AS VIRUS BLAZES DEADLY TRAIL (3 APRIL 2020)

The Guardian: It has been three days since Reynaldo Barrezueta passed away at his home in Ecuador’s biggest city – and still his body lies in a coffin on the sitting room floor. “The authorities are just leaving us to die,” said his son, Eduardo Javier Barrezueta Chávez, who has spent the last 72 hours pleading with authorities remove his father’s corpse – so far to no avail.

 

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