Brazil: Pedestrian crossing collapses during presidential parade

Image copyright EPA Image caption A pedestrian is thrown into the Amazon during the parade on Sunday

At least 30 people were injured after the sidewalk of an open-air pedestrian crossing in front of the Brazilian presidential palace collapsed during a parade.

A pedestrian was caught in the floodgate of a bridge during the parade in Brasilia on Sunday evening.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

The parade was being held ahead of the presidency’s inauguration on Tuesday.

Brazil is working on the day to introduce a national service for school children, which promises to build classrooms and improve sanitation.

National service – the idea of letting children help build new schools and battle favelas – is seen as central to President Jair Bolsonaro’s vision of ending widespread inequality in the country.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The rainy conditions caused the sidewalk to collapse

It also comes as a new poll on Sunday found that the new president is suffering from falling approval ratings.

More than 60% of respondents to the Ibope poll said they do not like Mr Bolsonaro, which is lower than any previous poll conducted before he was elected in August.

According to the results, nearly half the country think the problems in Brazil go beyond Mr Bolsonaro’s control, with 44% saying a “disorder state” is unfolding.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Red Cross medics take a man to hospital

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