But amid the samba rhythms and fantastical costumes, there were calls for action, speeches about feminism and demands for respect. But as well as the chaotic partying, it also serves as a platform for irreverent political protest. They used costumes, speeches and songs to hit back at the sexism espoused by Bolsonaro and his supporters. And their protests resounded in a country with terrifying rates of femicide , rape and domestic violence. Campaigns against aggressive sexual behaviour and harassment by men at Carnival have become increasingly visible.
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Suddenly, he grabbed her by a leg and shoved his hand up her shorts. Every single one of them had something to say. They had all been through it before. Jacob, a stylist from Rio de Janeiro, and other women decided it was time to speak out against sexual harassment and assaults during the street parties known as blocos. According to feminist group Think Olga, The secretariat said the increase in complaints — which are registered when victims call , a number dedicated to reporting crimes against women — was a result of government campaigns to stop this type of violence. Local governments across Brazil have launched campaigns in recent years to stamp out crimes against women during Carnival.
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During Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term " carnival ", from carnelevare , "to remove literally, "raise" meat. Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. Those official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades blocos allowing public participation can be found in other cities, like Belo Horizonte ,  also in the southeastern region.
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