Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro reacts after collaborating in a motorcade rally amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Avener Prado
June 12, 2021
By Eduardo Simões and Gabriel Stargardter
SAO PAULO (Reuters) -Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, chatting with a rally of bikers on Saturday, stated he may rely on law enforcement officials “no matter occurs,” as he as soon as once more sought to courtroom cops amid stark political politicization forward of subsequent yr’s election.
Showing alongside hundreds of motorcycle-riding supporters in Sao Paulo, the far-right former military captain stated the nation’s state navy police forces function a assist to what he dubbed “my military.”
“You might be auxiliary to the Armed Forces. I’m positive that, in compliance with regulation and order, by complying with constitutional provisions, we might be collectively, no matter occurs,” Bolsonaro stated.
With almost 490,000 folks killed through the pandemic and tensions rising in Latin America’s greatest nation, Bolsonaro has been searching for the assist of Brazil’s roughly half one million officers. Brazil’s Well being Ministry reported 2,037 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, and 78,700 new circumstances.
Bolsonaro’s critics fret that his efforts to curry favor with Brazil’s police, among the many world’s most violent, may pose democratic dangers forward of subsequent yr’s flamable presidential vote.
The previous leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Bolsonaro’s most important rival, seems to be strengthening his lead over the president, a ballot on Friday confirmed. Though neither males have introduced their candidacy, the 2022 election is broadly anticipated to be a run-off between the 2 polarizing figures.
Throughout Saturday’s occasion, Bolsonaro was embraced by some law enforcement officials offering safety on the bike tour, whereas some others took photos with him.
In workplace, Bolsonaro has sought to spice up authorized protections for police who kill on the job, whereas saying criminals ought to “die like cockroaches.” The president has additionally attended dozens of police commencement ceremonies.
Bolsonaro, who was fined 552 reais ($108) by the Sao Paulo state authorities for not sporting a masks on the occasion, has made repeated baseless allegations of voter fraud in Brazil. Critics say the claims may lay the groundwork to problem upcoming elections in the identical vein as his political idol, former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Bolsonaro threw his assist behind Trump’s conspiracies of a stolen election final yr, which culminated within the lethal assault on the U.S. Capitol constructing. Bolsonaro is now pushing for a invoice for printed ballots reasonably than Brazil’s trendy laptop voting.
(Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Modifying by Aurora Ellis)