Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said in a video released by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) that he wants to arm the population to prevent the establishment of a dictatorship in Brazil.
“How easy it is to impose a dictatorship in Brazil, how easy it is. The people are inside the house. That is why I want, Minister of Justice and Minister of Defense, for the people to arm themselves, ”said Bolsonaro, addressing two of his ministers.
In the same recording, the Brazilian head of state wants the guarantee that someone will not appear in the country “to impose a dictatorship”, considering that it is easy to impose this regime, with a mayor making a decree that leaves all people “at home” .
"If I had armed, I would go to the street. If I were a dictator, I would disarm, as everyone did in the past, before imposing their respective dictatorship. I ask Fernando (Azevedo e Silva, Minister of Defense) and Moro (Sergio Moro, ex-Minister of Justice), please sign this Ordinance today (April 22) ”, he added.
According to the video transcript released by the Supreme Court, Jair Bolsonaro asks: “Why am I arming the people? Because I don't want a dictatorship. I can't hold on anymore ".
The Brazilian STF released today the video of a ministerial meeting held in April, at the Planalto Palace, in the country's capital, Brasília, pointed out by ex-minister Sergio Moro as evidence of the alleged interference of the President, Jair Bolsonaro, in the police.
In the decision, the STF judge Celso de Mello published almost entirely both the video and the transcript of the meeting. It just did not allow the disclosure of the "few passages in the video in which there are references to certain foreign states".
The video highlights Bolsonaro's profanity and insults against ministers and President Jair Bolsonaro's threat of “generalized” dismissal to those who did not adopt the defense of matters defended by the Government.
At stake is the conversation recorded at a meeting of ministers, which took place at the Presidency headquarters, in Brasília, on April 22, and which was cited in the testimony of former Minister of Justice and Public Security of Brazil Sergio Moro, who accuses Bolsonaro of allegedly interference with the Federal Police.
At the meeting, and according to Moro, Bolsonaro allegedly demanded the replacement of the Federal Police superintendent in Rio de Janeiro, to avoid an investigation of family members and allies.
More than 1,000 killed and 20,803 infected in the past 24 hours
Brazil recorded 1,001 deaths and 20,803 infected by the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, totaling 21,048 deaths and 330,890 people diagnosed since the covid-19 pandemic arrived in the country, the executive said today.
With today's numbers, Brazil surpassed Russia and rose to the second position in the list of countries with the highest number of positive cases of covid-19, just behind the United States of America (more than 1.6 million cases of infection) ), according to the Worldometer portal, which compiles information in almost real time from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, official country sources, scientific publications and news outlets.
The Ministry of Health indicated that the possible relationship of 3,552 deaths with the covid-19 is still being investigated, with 135,430 infected patients having recovered and 174,412 still being monitored.
São Paulo, the epicenter of the pandemic in the South American country, concentrates 5,773 fatalities and 76,871 cases of infection, followed by Ceará, which today counts 2,251 deaths and 34,573 people diagnosed.
Rio de Janeiro is the third state with the highest number of confirmed cases, with a total of 33,589 infected people and 3,657 deaths.
On the other hand, Mato Grosso do Sul, located in the central-western region of the country, is the least affected state, with 17 deaths and 805 infected.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 335,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.