Bolsonaro government proves it is ideologically incapable of handling the COVID-19 pandemic
This section is devoted to articles on how the Bolsonaro government is handling the coronavirus pandemic. Bolsonaro's insistance that the coronavirus is a mere common cold and resistance to taking measures that would mitigate the spread of the disease has led to death and suffering. The situation is so grave that Brazilian attorneys have filed a case in the International Criminal Court against the president of Brazil for crimes afainst humanity. Below is that story and a series of stories on the Bolsonaro government's handling of the pandemic.
Bolsonaro sacks Health Minister amid the pandemic
Brazilian Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, was fired by president Jair Bolsonaro this Thursday (16th) afternoon. The removal was confirmed by the Mandetta himself, via his official Twitter account and later a press briefing.
The now former Minister praised his team at the Health Ministry and didn’t go into details about the firing, nor did he comment on his disagreements with the president that led to it. Read the article.
COVID-19: Crimes against humanity charges pressed against Bolsonaro at ICC
President Jair Bolsonaro had crimes against humanity charges filed against him at the International Criminal Court, by the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD), on Thursday (April 3rd). The legal experts claim that the Bolsonaro puts Brazilian lives at risk in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read the article. Also read "Bolsonaro could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted in international court"
Bolsonaro's attack on the elderly includes pensions, cuts in the BPC and breaking of the quarantine
It is not new, with the COVID-19 pandemic, that the living conditions of the elderly and retirees have been worsening in Brazil. During the government of Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), the country has been witnessing measures such as the pension reform, approved by the National Congress in October 2019.
Now, after the approval of the minimum income by the Senate last Monday (March 30), the country saw the presidential sanction with vetoes of points such as the expansion of the Continuous Benefit Installment (BPC) [a part of Brazilian social security which guarantees a minimum income for the elderly], which would benefit the poor elderly and disabled, providing an increase from a quarter to a half a minimum wage. Read the article
Lula criticizes Bolsonaro about basic income: “It got there quickly for bankers”
Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva hardened his tone against president Jair Bolsonaro and the government’s responses to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, as well as demanding solutions for the worsening crisis in a public interview, given to alternative media outlets on Wednesday, April 1st.
The need for an emergency basic income package to rescue the most vulnerable of workers, was one of the main points highlighted by Lula. “The money never arrives. The only money that got somewhere quickly was the one meant to help Brazilian Bankers. This is the dilema. You have a government that doesn’t want to govern,” affirmed da Silva. Read the article.
Bolsonaro and his bots: how the spread of fake news about the coronavirus works
Even after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram deleted president Jair Bolsonaro’s posts after determining their content spread “disinformation” and cause “real harm to people,” the president continues to propagate fakes news about the coronavirus pandemic in speeches, on the streets and online.
According to Leandro Tessler, from the Disinformation on Social Media Studies Group (EDReS) at Campinas State University, the spread of false content that originates from profiles belonging to the Bolsonaro’s and their allies count on a network of bots – robot users – that act by sharing the posts massively. Read the article.