Brazilian punk rock against Bolsonaro


This 16 May 2019 Portuguese language video from Brazil says about itself (translated):

Bolsonaro is making punk rock resurge in Brazil“, says Mao, of Garotos Podres

History professor José Rodrigues Mao Júnior, lead singer of the punk band Garotos Podres, had a coffee with journalist Fred Melo Paiva. They talked about the controversy of the Dead Kennedys poster, about politics and Bolsonaro.

A resident of São Bernardo (São Paolo region), [leftist ex-president] Lula’s political birthplace, Mao thinks that the ex-president will only get out of jail with the people on the streets. “Bolsonaro managed to turn Lula into a hero, in the sense of Greek mythology.”

The legendary singer credits the revival of punk in the São Paolo region to the “barbarism” of Bolsonaro. “Nothing is more invigorating,” he says, “than having a cause to fight for.”

Now, after Bolsonaro’s Amazon rainforest wildfires and his anti-science coronavirus policies, leading to massive disaster, there is more reason than ever to rock against Bolsonaro.

Punk’s not dead — this 10-year-old drummer gives it life.

Brazilian coronavirus denialist Bolsonaro gets COVID-19


This 24 June 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus Is Killing Brazil and Bolsonaro Still Doesn’t Think There’s a Problem

Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death rate in the world, after the United States. VICE News’ Seb Walker traveled from Rio de Janeiro to the remote regions of the Amazon to show the impact of COVID-19 and government inaction on some of Brazil’s most vulnerable populations.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Brazilian President Bolsonaro has coronavirus symptoms. A coronavirus test was taken on him, the result of which is expected later today.

Bolsonaro, 65, says he has, eg a 38-degree centigrade fever. According to Brazilian media, he is also given the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. All his appointments for this week have been canceled.

So, hydroxychloroquine. Apparently, Bolsonaro believes himself in his propaganda quackery about that non-working ‘cure’, recommended by Bolsonaro’s fellow science denialist Donald Trump. If, as is predictable, that ‘miracle’ drug will not help, then Bolsonaro might try another ‘cure’ prescribed by Trump: injection with bleach.

Brazil is one of the most affected countries with over 1.6 million coronavirus infections and more than 65,000 deaths. Bolsonaro regularly opposes measures to prevent the spread of the virus. A judge also had to force him to wear a face mask in public.

NOS radio also reports that the mayor of Atlanta city in the USA, Ms Keisha Lance Bottoms, has become infected. And so have at least six students at Enschede university in the Netherlands.

Coronavirus, Bolsonaro’s Brazil and elsewhere


This 12 June 2020 video says about itself:

Brazil‘s symbolic COVID-19 ‘graveyard’

Brazilians critical of their government’s ambiguous response to a surging coronavirus pandemic dug 100 graves and stuck black crosses in the sand of Rio’s Copacabana beach in a tribute to the people who have died so far.

So far, 40,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19 and still counting. These are conservative official figures.

The crosses remind me of the many crosses put on a beach in the USA, to commemorate the thousands of soldiers then-President George W Bush sent to his wars to die.

Dutch NOS radio reports today that a fanatical Bolsonaro supporter has smashed some of the crosses.

NOS radio also reports today:

Many coronavirus patients [not admitted to hospitals, so supposedly ‘mild’ coronavirus patients] still have serious health problems months after their healing. This is evident from a survey conducted by the Lung Fund and the CIRO knowledge center among 1622 people with such complaints.

More than 90 percent of the respondents say they have problems with simple daily activities, such as walking. 85 percent say he or she was in good health before the infection. Now that is only 6 percent.

Brazilian Bolsonaro scandals, update


Violent: Police in Sao Paulo fire at anti-government protesters yesterday

This photo shows Police in Sao Paulo, Brazil firing guns at anti-Bolsonaro government protesters on 31 May 2020.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 June 2020:

Pressure mounts on Bolsonaro over political interference after weekend of police attacks on protests

PRESSURE is continuing to mount on Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro after the country’s federal police (PF) demanded he be summoned by the Supreme Court over allegations of political interference.

The PF is demanding a formal statement regarding his sacking of police chief Mauricio Valeixo and allegations that the president pressed for the removal of other figures to protect his family from investigations.

Leaked footage from an April 22 cabinet meeting have proved damning for Mr Bolsonaro, who has consistently denied the allegations against him.

One of his sons, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, is under investigation over allegations of money laundering and embezzlement.

The other, Rio city councillor Carlos Bolsonaro, is accused of “running a criminal disinformation campaign” targeting critics.

The two-hour expletive-ridden video of the meeting appears to show the president suggesting he can replace ministers and officials as he sees fit.

“I’ve tried to change our security people in Rio de Janeiro officially, and I wasn’t able to. That’s over. I won’t wait for my family or my friends to get screwed,” Mr Bolsonaro said.

“If you can’t change [the official], change his boss. You can’t change the boss? Change the minister. End of story. We’re not kidding around,” he added.

The spat that followed led to the resignation of former justice minister Sergio Moro, once a key ally of the Brazilian president.

He himself is embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly directed the prosecution in the case against left-wing former Brazilian president “Lula” da Silva, who was jailed and subsequently banned from standing in the 2018 presidential election.

The PF insisted that “Bolsonaro’s statement is necessary for the proper course of the investigation” and urged the Supreme Court to consider the video footage and an “analysis of the mobile-phone messages” between him and Mr Moro.

Mr Bolsonaro also faces possible impeachment charges over his handling of the Covid-19 crisis.