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Populists uprising against the curfews

The presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro stir up the displeasure of their supporters against the quarantine. Playing with fire. The tea party is making a comeback in the USA.

They honk, they circling the Capitol in their states in motorcades, they hold meetings and their spokesmen swing speeches reminding of the founding of the Tea Party movement in 2009. Sometimes there are hundreds, sometimes a few thousands, in Olympia (Washington), Lansing (Michigan), Austin (Texas), Phoenix (Arizona) or Annapolis (Maryland) loudly calling for the opening of the economy. The protests in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania continued on Tuesday night.

It is a movement that is springing up across the country during the corona crisis, like the Tea Party as a fundamental opposition to Barack Obama. The radical current, which invokes civil liberties and is allergic to state intervention, was directed against Obama's emergency aid to the economy and the bankrupt auto industry in the wake of the recession, as well as against his health care reform. Its supporters infiltrated the Republican Party and became a determining force that eventually brought populist Donald Trump to power.

"Free Virginia"

Its activists again carry banners with slogans such as “Don't trample me”, uniform jackets and tricorns on their heads, strikingly reminiscent of the rebels against the British colonial rulers at the Boston Tea Party in 1773 - the spark of the American Revolution. Her diatribes hit governors like the Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, hallmarked as "Hitler" - and even party friends like Larry Hogan in Maryland, who plead for a cautious relaxation of restrictions.

The President cheered on his supporters via Twitter and thus fueled the protest, especially in democratically governed states: "Free Michigan", "Free Minnesota", "Free Virginia". Trump criticized the tightening of gun laws in Virginia and made a connection between the corona crisis and the exorbitant increase in gun purchases. “At the beginning of this pandemic, I believe more guns were sold than ever before in history.” It goes without saying that the organizers who call for the demos via Facebook are often supporters of the gun lobby NRA.

Majority continues for quarantine

While the sharpness of the ideological and party-political dispute about lifting the quarantine is increasing, surveys paint a contrary picture: According to the Pew Research Center, one of the most renowned institutes in the USA, two-thirds of Americans consider an early easing to be wrong. Three quarters believe the worst is yet to come. According to another study, more than 60 percent are more concerned about their health than about the economy.

It is precisely the fear of an economic depression that drives the controversy. Within four weeks, 22 million Americans lost their jobs. Often this is accompanied by the loss of health insurance. Many are facing bankruptcy and are pushing for stores to open quickly. A dichotomy is emerging: Republican states such as Texas, Arizona, Florida and Ohio want to initiate easing before May 1st. New York, California and others insist on accompanying tests and blame Washington for deficiencies.

Call for army in Brazil

The conflict in Brazil is almost a mirror image - only the game with fire is more precarious there. The governors in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro opposed President Jair Bolsonaro's lax corona policy. On Sunday, military fan Bolsonaro incited his supporters at a rally in front of the army headquarters in Brasilia, who promptly demanded military intervention.