Tuesday 9 March 2021

Bolsonaro Heads Anti-Democratic Rally Amid Brazil’s Political Crisis

As in an April rally also attended by Bolsonaro, demonstrators on Sunday called for the closing of the Supreme Court and Congress, and a return to dictatorial measures.

Far-right Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets Sunday to attack Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of his supporters, mentioning once again the backing he continues to have with the armed forces.

This comes as the country is engulfed in a political scandal as Bolsonaro faces the most serious crisis of his mandate | Photo: Reuters

“We have the armed forces at the people’s side: the side of order, democracy, liberty,” Bolsonaro said in a speech transmitted live on Facebook, underlining the former army captain’s increasing isolation as he downplays the impacts of the novel coronavirus on Latin America’s largest nation.

- Advertisement -

As in an April rally also attended by Bolsonaro, demonstrators on Sunday called for the closing of the Supreme Court and Congress, and a return to dictatorial measures used during Brazil’s 1964 to 1985 military regime; to which Bolsonaro and his vice president have publicly shared their admiration.

Yet the latest rally was carried out as the president faces widespread criticism from across the political spectrum for dismissing the threat of the virus in Brazil, which had registered 95,559 confirmed cases and 6,750 deaths as of Saturday evening.

On Sunday, dozens of public figures signed an open letter to the Brazilian government calling on officials to protect the nation’s indigenous people, who often live in remote locations with limited access to healthcare.

Also, this comes as the country is engulfed in a political scandal as Bolsonaro faces the most serious crisis of his mandate, after his closest ally former justice minister Sergio Moro, quit last week and accused the president of firing the federal police chief in a bid to appoint a personal ally to the post and obstruct graft probes targeting his sons.

- Advertisement -

On the day that Brazil reaches 100,000 cases, the president participates in a rally and expresses his support for those who ask for the closure of the legislative and judicial power.

Brazil’s Supreme Court blocked Bolsonaro’s pick for a new chief on Wednesday, enraging the president.

As Bolsonaro’s relationship with legislators and the courts continue to downgrade, he has become increasingly dependent on staffing his government with the active or former military.

Political leaders have called Bolsonaro’s participation in anti-democratic rallies irresponsible, especially as he has spoken approvingly of the nation’s military dictatorship, which was responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial executions.

The president has also advocated violence against journalists accusing them of publishing “fake news.” At the Sunday rally, at least three photographers were attacked by demonstrators, according to a Reuters witness.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega prepares his ‘re-election’

On November 7, Nicaraguans will go to the poll in elections...


Venezuela to introduce one million bolivar banknote

TODAY VENEZUELA – The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) announced Friday the introduction of three new banknotes: 200,000, 500,000 and one million bolivars. But with...

Alert in Colombia due to the start of the first rainy season

Q COLOMBIA – In less than two weeks, Colombia enters its first rainy season of the year, which will very possibly have an increase...

Costa Rica received a shipment of 110,000 vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - On Tuesday night, March 2, Costa Rica received the largest shipment of covid-19 vaccines, 109,980 doses from Pfizer / Biontech to continues...

Driver who severely beat anoter driver on the Autopista fired and being sued

QCOSTARICA - The images filled the morning news television screen, for no apparent reason, the driver of a big rig begins to beat with...

Torre del Bicentenario: An envisioned project to commemorate Costa Rica’s 200th

QCOSTARICA - To commemorate the Bicentennial of Costa Rica that occurs in 2021, Inverse Project has designed the Torre del Bicentenario for this important...

Digital nomads from the United States, Chile and Portugal highlight the advantages of working from Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has become an ideal destination for foreigners who choose to work remotely, highlighting digital nomads from Chile, Portugal, and the...

Islas Murciélago, unknown Tico paradise ideal for hikers and divers

Q TRAVEL - Located in the extreme north of the Pacific coast, in front of the Santa Rosa National Park, in the sector of...

More than 193,000 vaccines have already been applied

QCOSTARICA - From the start of the vaccination program against covid-19 on December 24, 2020, 193,273 doses have already been applied countrywide.   Of this total,...

Viatris, a world leader in the manufacture of generic drugs, opens operations in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA -Viatris, one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world, announced the opening of commercial operations in Costa Rica, with an initial...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.