In Brazil, according to official figures, six hundred thousand people have died from the coronavirus. More only in the United States. “Yes, this is, in fact, a common flu,” said President Jair Bolsonaro. Opponent of vaccinations, he also spread fakes about vaccinations through social networks – until he was banned. The parliament has brought serious charges against the head of state. The investigation is pending. However, this does not mean a quick resignation.
“Any sane person will understand that this is some kind of clowning. Brazil has a terrible image. In other countries they think that we have a dictatorship, I detain journalists, restrict freedom of speech, that I killed people in a pandemic,” he reacted to the decision of the legislators Bolsonar.
The parliamentary commission accused him of crimes against humanity during the pandemic: “helped the spread of the disease, was skeptical about vaccinations, did not comply with sanitary measures.” In addition, there are suspicions of corruption. For six months, while the discussions continued, the senators brought 77 people close to the president, including his sons and several ministers, to the case.
The report says that the Bolsonaro government “acted slowly and deliberately exposed the population to the risk of mass infection.” All the victims are also indirectly on the conscience of the president.
Bolsonaro went to rallies and meetings with voters without a mask, urging “to stop whining and save the economy.” I did not believe in the seriousness of the infection until in the summer of 2020 I myself had been ill. He promised to be vaccinated. True, he did not keep his word.
Last week, YouTube blocked the president’s channel. The example of video hosting can be followed by social networks, where Bolsonaro has millions of subscribers. The deputies insist on this.
The clouds are gathering over the politician. Many state governors, part of Congress, the judiciary, and the media are opposed to him. The report of the Senate Commission will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, a copy will be sent to the International Criminal Court. Impeachment possible. However, the president is supported by Attorney General Augusto Aras and the lower house of parliament.
Ultra-right Jair Bolsonaro became president in 2018 due to the elimination of the main favorite of the race – Lula da Silva. The head of the Brazilian state is one of the most scandalous politicians in Latin America. I changed games, but I didn’t change myself, I was never shy in expressions. They say about him: a convinced sexist and fascist, loves dictatorship. He abused sexual minorities, blacks and women. For example, a colleague-deputy Maria before Rosario once said: “I would never rape you. You are simply unworthy of this.” Admired Trump.
“We will never solve serious national problems with this irresponsible democracy!” – assured Bolsonaro from the rostrum. Publicly supported torture and the death penalty, advocated the free circulation of weapons, and tried to rule with an iron fist.
Inhabitants of villages founded by descendants of slaves, he considers “unworthy even to reproduce”, activists of the movement for the rights of blacks called “animals that need to return to the zoo.” And if the family has a gay son or a lesbian daughter, this is “tantamount to death.”
In a pandemic, Brazil was on the brink of disaster: there are not enough beds, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals.
Some blamed the rapid spread of infection on ordinary citizens who did not wear masks and did not keep their distance. Others are the head of state. He was against the lockdown because “it would leave people unemployed and impoverish the poor.” Vaccination was compared to buying a lottery ticket, which costs several times more than the possible prize. However, more than half of Brazilians are vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, prices are rising and there are fewer and fewer products. Last year, the collapse was avoided thanks to small payments to the victims of the pandemic. The authorities did not allocate money for this.
Nobody needs resignation
Brazil is going through a coronavirus crisis at times more difficult than other countries, notes the doctor of social history, professor at the University of Roraima, Andre Augusto da Fonseca.
“Unemployment and inflation are breaking records, the real is falling. The president is in a difficult position. 58 percent of voters disapprove of his activities, he has broken with his own party. More than 550 organizations demand impeachment. But the overall situation is stable. Banks are making record profits. Representatives of large retail business and The export-oriented agricultural sector is supported by Bolsonaro. The opposition has fewer than 150 out of 513 seats in Congress and is far from united, “he explains.
Bolsonar’s rating is 23 percent. In October, a wave of protests took place in major cities. The head of state is urged to resign. But, most likely, he will serve his term, says Alexander Korolkov, candidate of historical sciences, RIAC expert. “Speaker of the lower house of parliament Artug Lira, Attorney General Agustu Aras and the deputies are more likely his allies. The party of the center is still for him, this is enough to prevent impeachment. Moreover, there is no such street pressure as was the case with former President Dilma Rousseff.”
Elections – a year later, the race has already started. The balance of power is constantly changing. The majority, judging by the polls, support Lulu da Silva, who ruled the country from 2003 to 2010. He spent 18 months behind bars on corruption charges, but was acquitted in March. So he can run again. And it is beneficial for the Workers’ Party of da Silva that Bolsonaro remains in power until the end of his term.
“The best scenario for the opposition is this: the president is accused from all sides, called a criminal and is actively exaggerating it in the media. The economy is heading for an abyss, and the head of state is doing stupid things. University of Brasilia Fernando Xavier.
Alexander Korolkov agrees with him. “While everything is going so that only Lula will be able to defeat Bolsonara, this consolidates the opposition around the ex-president, gives room for political maneuver. The potential resignation of Bolsonaro would confuse all the cards for Lula and open up prospects for a part of the left and centrist forces opposing both politicians.”, – said the RIAC expert.
However, it is too early to make predictions and one should not write off the young governors. They independently purchased vaccines from different countries to save people, and earned themselves good political points. And Bolsonar will have to answer senators one way or another – incumbent presidents, even so odious, are rarely accused of the deaths of hundreds of thousands of compatriots.