Tens of thousands of people rallied in over 200 cities and towns across Brazil Saturday to protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed some 460,000 people in the country, per the Guardian.

The big picture: Bolsonaro has frequently downplayed the pandemic despite soaring cases, with hospitals overstretched. Saturday’s protests, organized by leftist groups, remained peaceful in most cities, but police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators in Recife, northeast Brazil, Reuters notes.

A protester kicks a papier mache head meant to represent Brazilian President Bolsonaro.
A protester kicks a papier mache head depicting Bolsonaro at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Fernando Souza/picture alliance via Getty Images
Demonstrators gather during a protest against the government's Covid-19 response, on Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, May 29
Demonstrators gather during a protest on Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo on May 29. Photo: Cristina Szucinski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with a giant inflatable doll depicting him as a monster, in Brasilia, on May 29
Members of opposition parties and social movements participate in a protest while displaying a large inflatable caricature of the president in the country’s capital, Brasilia, on May 29. Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images
People take part in a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on May 29
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters in Belo Horizonte, the capital of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, on May 29. Photo: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images
A demonstrator wears a protective face mask with the phrase in Portuguese:
A demonstrator wears a protective face mask that states in Portuguese: “Bolsonaro out” during a rally May 29 in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images
A demonstrator holds a sign reading Oxygen became a priviledge during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro'at the Praca da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on May 29
A demonstrator holds a sign stating that oxygen has became a privilege during a protest a at the Praca da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte on May 29. Photo: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more photos.