The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has led this Tuesday, during Independence Day, a massive demonstration called in defense of “freedom” but in which demands with undemocratic overtones have finally stood out.
During his speech before thousands of people in Brasilia, Bolsonaro has once again threatened the Supreme Court, which has opened an investigation against the president regarding the dissemination of false news and threats to democracy that has already sent many far-right activists to jail.
“We cannot accept more political prisons in our Brazil. Either the head of that power frames his own or that power may suffer what we do not want,” the president said before his followers, without specifying exactly the alleged reprisals.
“We do not want to fight with any power, but we cannot admit that a person disturbs our democracy and puts our freedom at risk,” he added in a veiled reference to magistrate Alexandre de Moraes, with whom he has fallen out in the context of a serious institutional conflict.
The attack on institutions as a flag
The president has flown by helicopter, accompanied by some ministers, the region where thousands of protesters were concentrated in Brasilia, and later he has traveled by car through the Esplanade of the Ministries, an avenue where the headquarters of the three powers are concentrated.
The participants, dressed in green and yellow shirts and flags, the colors of Brazil, have held banners calling for, among other issues, the removal of the Supreme Court justices and even a military intervention.
The attack on the institutions, with which Bolsonaro has faced in recent months, has been one of the flags of the demonstrations, which have been called by the president himself in defense of “freedom” and conservative values.
In the demonstration in Brasilia, one of the most massive, there have been some moments of tension after a group of protesters tried to break through a police barrier, forcing the officers to launch tear gas bombs to disperse the group.
In addition to Brasilia, Bolsonaro plans to travel to Sao Paulo this afternoon, where another of the most massive protests is expected.
The protests on Tuesday come amid growing political and social tensions in Brazil, now exacerbated by the mistrust sown by Bolsonaro in the electronic voting system that Brazil adopted in 1996, which since then has not been the subject of a single complaint. of fraud, but that according to the president encourages cheating.
They also coincide with the steep drop in the approval of the president, which today reaches a scant 25% of Brazilians, accentuated by the economic and health crisis that is hitting the country.