Even though Jair Bolsonaro didn’t force people to break social distancing rules or to leave their houses, he’s being accused of committing a crime against life because he didn’t go along with the coronavirus hoax.
See how this works?
A congressional inquiry into Brazil’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic has found mounting evidence that Jair Bolsonaro’s administration committed “crimes against life”, according to the senior politician leading the investigation.
Launched in April to scrutinize the government’s handling of a crisis that has killed half a million citizens, the nationally televised investigation is digging into the political decisions that led up to one of the cruelest moments in the country’s history.
“The most shocking thing is the realization of how negligent the government has been – on so many issues,” Senator Omar Aziz told the Guardian.
Testimony from officials and newly revealed documents are giving Brazilians a clearer view of the context in which the government dismissed offers to purchase vaccines in 2020 and failed to respond quickly when oxygen supplies ran out in Manaus, leaving Covid patients to suffocate.
“It was desperate,” said the senator, who is from Manaus. “We did what we could while the government did not do anything to bring oxygen from our neighbour Venezuela.”
And while vaccination has eased the crisis in some countries, cases are still mounting in Brazil, where a new and more infectious strain was first reported. In less than two months since the inquiry began, more than 100,000 people have died of Covid-19.
Bolsonaro, meanwhile, has scorned social distancing measures and repeatedly flouted health advice, calling the disease “a little flu”. The former army captain has refused to be vaccinated and has frequently attended events with crowds of supporters. He has twice led mass rallies of motorbike enthusiasts through city centres – and was fined for failing to wear a mask in violation of pandemic restrictions.
“World leaders are appalled with the attitude of the president,” Aziz said. “While they reinforce social isolation and vaccination, our president goes to a biker rally.”
Aziz also said that the inquiry was focusing on the president’s enthusiastic support for pseudoscientific treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, which he described as a “cure” for Covid despite evidence it is ineffective.
The inquiry has also heard evidence that Bolsonaro never wanted to buy Covid-19 vaccines and originally bet on herd immunity to beat the coronavirus. Critics claim that strategy cost many thousands of Brazilians their lives.
“In this approach, the strong will be saved and the weak will die,” said Aziz. “It is totally wrong.”
Aziz said that the inquiry would also look into the advisers and allies who pushed Bolsonaro to adopt such a catastrophic response to the disaster.
“We want to know who is profiting from it,” Aziz said. “The president did not wake up one day and thought ‘early treatment’ or herd immunization worked. He was led on by a ‘parallel cabinet’.”
Yeah. Who is profiting from not buying vaccines, huh?
Bolsonaro is yet another right-winger who thought he could side-step the Jews by being pro-Israel only to be totally destroyed by the Jews.
He’s also more proof that in a democracy, the popular will is totally irrelevant.