Bolsonaro issues an “ultimatum” to the Supreme Court

Bolsonaro issues an “ultimatum” to the Supreme Court
Bolsonaro issues an “ultimatum” to the Supreme Court

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C) during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on September 1, 2021 to honor the Brazilian military athletes who participated in the Olympic Games in Tokyo afp_tickers

This content was published on Sep 04, 2021 – Jul 04:35,

September 04, 2021 – 04:35

(AFP)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Friday that the demonstrations scheduled for September 7 will serve as a “warning” for two Supreme Court judges with whom he has been going through a test of strength for several weeks.

On Tuesday, the far-right president will participate in these demonstrations in support of his government, which he hopes will be massive and spread throughout the country on the occasion of the National Day, in a show of strength amid an institutional crisis in the country.

“We cannot accept that one or two people use their power to drag the country in another direction,” Bolsonaro said during an official ceremony in the state of Bahia (northeast).

“The message that you will leave to these two people on the street next Tuesday will be a warning to them. Respect the constitution and our freedom, and I understand that you are going in the wrong direction.”

Bolsonaro was addressing Supreme Court justices Alexandre de Moraes and Luis Roberto Barroso.

Moraes decided to open an investigation against the president on charges of spreading false information and ordered raids on a number of his supporters on suspicion of organizing or financing anti-democratic demonstrations.

Moraes went further on Friday, issuing an arrest warrant for Wellington Macedo, a pro-Bolsonaro blogger who is suspected of planning violent protests on September 7, Brazil’s Independence Day.

As for Luis Roberto Barroso, he also chairs the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and he has been vehemently against the president on the issue of the electronic voting system.

The president regularly denounces electoral “rigging” without providing any evidence for this, considering that he was supposed to have been elected since the first round in 2018. He repeatedly called Barroso an “idiot.”

He also cast doubts about holding the presidential elections in 2022. For example, he said in July, “Either we hold real elections in Brazil, or there will be no elections.”

After supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington in January, Bolsonaro warned that Brazil would face “a problem worse than the United States” if it went ahead with its electronic voting system in 2022, when the country will elect the president, state governors, representatives and some members of the House of Representatives. the elders.

 
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