PAULO LOPES / EUROPE PRESS
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has redoubled his attacks on the Supreme Court this Thursday by stating that the high court “committed a crime” by endorsing the health measures imposed by local authorities to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Supreme Court, the truth, committed a crime by saying that mayors and governors, indiscriminately, could simply suppress each and every one of the rights provided for in the fifth article of the Constitution,” the president said to a group of followers , at the gates of his official residence in Brasilia.
The far-right leader has thus responded to a video released the day before on the official channels of the Supreme Court in which the highest court denied that he had removed powers from the head of state to combat the coronavirus crisis, which has already killed about 555,000 Brazilians.
Bolsonaro, a fervent denier about the severity of COVID-19, used to say that the highest judicial body in the country gave all the power to regional and municipal administrations to combat the pandemic, preventing his Government from acting, where appropriate, against sanitary measures.
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However, the Supreme Court clarified again that it actually decided that the three spheres of power (federal, regional and municipal) had to work together with measures to “protect the population” from the coronavirus. Bolsonaro stated, however, that the video of the Supreme Court is a “fake news” (false news) and assured that the high court prevented him from modifying some of the restrictions adopted in many parts of the country.
“They closed religious temples, did barbarities authorized by the Supreme Court,” said the president, who since the beginning of the pandemic censors the use of a mask, recommends scientifically unproven treatments against covid-19 and came to question the effectiveness of vaccines.
Through the State Bar, the ruler even appealed to the Supreme Court some of these restrictions, such as the night curfew imposed temporarily in some cities of the country, although so far all the appeals have been rejected.
Bolsonaro, captain of the Army reserve, also attacked some of the Supreme Court justices for being against the implementation of the paper vote as a complement to the electronic system, which, according to him, encourages electoral “fraud”.
Source: by www.huffingtonpost.es.
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