BRASÍLIA – Visiting a community in the Federal District and accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Braga Netto, President Jair Bolsonaro said this Saturday that his war “is not political” when he again criticized the social isolation measures adopted by governors to tell the Covid-19 pandemic.
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– War, for my part, is not political. It is a war that really has to do with the future of a nation. We cannot forget the issue of employment. The virus, people know that we are fighting vaccinations. We support protective measures, now, everything has a limit – declared the president, live broadcast on social networks.
Bolsonaro ate soup next to Braga Netto at the Associação Beneficente Cristã Casa de Maria (Beth Myriam), in a community in Itapoã, 24 km from downtown Brasília. Both were without masks at the time of transmission.
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At the site, which serves ‘soup’ for low-income families, the president again affirmed that the “shut-down” and “stay-at-home” policies led to unemployment.
In addition, he confirmed that the Armed Forces are willing to act in favor of immunization against covid-19 and reiterated the position then, to supporters at the Palácio da Alvorada:
– As soon as Health so desires, the Armed Forces, Navy, Army and Air Force, will be ready to help vaccinate our population.
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The statements were made five days after the beginning of a military crisis due to lack of political support, with the resignation of the then Minister of Defense, General Fernando Azevedo e Silva.
In an unprecedented exchange for the history of Brazil, the army chiefs, General Edson Leal Pujol; Navy, squadron admiral Ilques Barbosa; and from the Air Force, brigadier Antônio Carlos Bermudez also fell the following day. The so-called ministerial reform led to the dance of chairs in the Esplanade, with the change in command of five other portfolios.
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