RIO DE ANNEYRO (AP) – Brazilian President Bol Air Bolsonaro has suggested that the army could be called to the streets to restore order if the anti-COVID-19 blockade he opposes leads to chaos.
In a televised interview with TV Criticia in the Amazon region of Manaus on Friday night, Bolsonaro reiterated his frequent criticism of local government restrictions on what he said were harms, which he said did more harm than good.
“This policy of quarantine is absurd. If we have problems… we have a plan for what to do. “I am the commander-in-chief of the armed forces,” Bolsonaro said.
He said the army could be called in to “restore Article 5 of the Constitution”, which states the right to freedom of movement and religion.
Bolsonaro also said that restrictive measures are exacerbating hunger in the country.
“I, along with 23 of my ministers, are talking about what to do if famine in Brazil wreaks havoc, with the cowardly egg that some people force people to stay home,” he added.
Health experts urged Bolsonaro to impose a national blockade this month after the nation’s daily KOVID-19 deaths reached new highs. The Ministry of Health says more than 386,000 people have died of the disease in Brazil.
Critics of the far-right far-right president, a former soldier, have long been concerned about the frequent praise of the military government that ruled the country for more than 20 years after the 1964 coup, as well as the appointment of many civilian military figures. messages:
These concerns arose when the leaders of all three branches of the Brazilian Armed Forces resigned jointly on March 30 after replacing Bolsonaro as defense minister. Many analysts assumed that the generals avoided getting too involved in politics.
He also raised the issue of military involvement in the epidemic in the March 19 statement. “My army does not take to the streets to force people to stay at home.”