Bolsonaro Supporters in Brazil Call for Military Intervention

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

As coronavirus cases in Brazil soared pasts 100,000, placing the country among the most contaminated in the world extreme right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro continued his opposition to lockdown when on Sunday, May 3 he told thousands of followers in Brasilia "The destruction of jobs by some governors is irresponsible and inadmissible".

On Sunday, May 3rd, President Jair Bolsonaro took part in yet another demonstration advocating both government and anti-democratic measures at the Ministries Esplanade in Brasília.

In front of supporters, the far-right president ensured that he reached the limit and that the Armed Forces and the people are on the side of his government, and the Constitution will be enforced 'at all cost'.

The protesters criticized Congress and the Supreme Court, which have paralyzed or cancelled some of Bolsonaro's initiatives since he came to power on January 1, 2019.

"Enough with the interference", he said, alluding to the recent series of defeats he has suffered in the Supreme Court.

He accused the head of state of trying to "politically interfere" in the Federal Police, which is investigating two of the President's children.

Moro's explosive statements led to the opening of an investigation authorized by the Supreme Court not only against Bolsonaro, but also against the former judge himself, to find out their veracity.

De Souza's nomination was made official five days after Supreme Federal Court (STF) judge Alexandre de Moraes suspended Alexandre Ramagem's nomination for the position, calling his nomination an alleged "deviation from goal", as Ramagem is a friend of the president's children and was the head of Bolsonaro's security team during his campaign and through his inauguration.

Bolsonaro blamed state governors for continuing the lockdown in a speech outside his presidential palace in Brasilia. Within these WhatsApp conversations, President Bolsonaro pressed for the departure of Maurício Valeixo as leader of the Federal Police.

The appeal by indigenous groups came a day after an open letter to Bolsonaro from dozens of worldwide artists, musicians and actors urging him to protect Brazil's indigenous people.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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