The Brazilian right President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of supporters on Sunday as the country’s known coronavirus cases reached more than 100,000, highlighting the growing isolation of the former army captain in response to its response to the pandemic.
Bolsonaro has drawn criticism from all walks of life for rejecting the threat of the virus Brazil, which recorded 101,147 confirmed cases and 7,025 deaths, according to the most recent data from the Ministry of Health.
Dozens of public figures signed an open letter on Sunday BrazilThe Indian government has called on the authorities to protect the country’s indigenous people, who often live in remote areas with limited access to health care.
At the same time, Bolsonaro faces the gravest political crisis in his term after his justice minister, Sergio Moro, left last week and accused the president of sacking the federal police chief in the goal of appointing a personal ally to the post and meddling in sensitive investigations.
BrazilOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court blocked the choice of Bolsonaro for a new chief, exasperating the president.
Saturday, Moro, among BrazilThe most popular public figures due to his firm stance on corruption have presented testimony regarding a possible obstruction of justice by Bolsonaro. Hours before, the president had called Moro “Judas” on Twitter, referring to the apostle who betrayed Jesus.
As Bolsonaro’s relationship with lawmakers and the courts cooled, he became increasingly dependent on a group of military-related advisers in his government.
As at a rally in April which Bolsonaro also attended, protesters on Sunday called for the closure of the Supreme Court and Congress and a return to the authoritarian measures used during Brazilmilitary government from 1964-1985.
“We have the armed forces on the side of the people: on the side of order, democracy, freedom,” Bolsonaro said in a speech broadcast live on Facebook.
“Enough interference. We no longer allow interference. Our patience is over. “
Bolsonaro did not call for a military takeover at the rally in Brasilia and such an event is widely considered to be unlikely in Brazil, where Congress, the courts, the press and civil society have significant power.
But political leaders have called Bolsonaro’s participation in irresponsible anti-democratic rallies, especially since he spoke with approval of the country’s former military dictatorship, which was responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial executions.
The presence of Bolsonaro has also drawn criticism because the nation is an important hotspot for coronaviruses.
Bolsonaro, who was not wearing a mask on Sunday, called the coronavirus “a little flu”, saying the economic fallout from quarantine measures would be more deadly than the virus itself.
Sunday’s open letter, warning that loggers and ranchers could introduce the virus into Indigenous communities in a development equivalent to “genocide,” was signed by celebrities ranging from American television personality Oprah Winfrey to Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen.
The government prohibited people from entering indigenous reserves during the pandemic. However, it has also reduced law enforcement against loggers and illegal miners in remote areas as a security measure.
At least three photographers were attacked by protesters during Sunday’s rally, a witness quoted by the Reuters news agency said – an increasingly common occurrence in Brazil, where Bolsonaro regularly calls the work of the main newspapers “false news”.
The Reuters witness saw a photographer from the Sao Paulo newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo remove a ladder and kicked him repeatedly in the ribs.