“Indeed, the Federal Supreme Court committed a crime by saying that mayors and governors, indiscriminately, can simply suppress every one of the rights enshrined in Article V of the Constitution,” the Brazilian president told a group of waiting followers. … at the gates of his official residence in Brasilia.
The statement of the head of state responds to a video posted the day before on the official STF channels in which the country’s Supreme Court denied that it had withdrawn the powers of the head of state to combat the crisis of the novel coronavirus, which has already killed about 555,000 Brazilians.
Bolsonaro, who has always denied the seriousness of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, said the STF has given all powers to combat the epidemic to regional and municipal administrations, preventing his government from taking action.
However, the court made it clear once again that it decided that the three areas of authority (federal, provincial and municipal) must work in tandem with measures to protect the population from the novel coronavirus.
However, Bolsonaro said the STF video was “fake news” and asserted that the Supreme Court had prevented him from modifying some restrictions that had been adopted in many parts of the country.
“They shut down religious temples, and they carried out atrocities with the authorization of the Supreme Court,” said the president, who since the start of the pandemic has censored the use of masks, recommended unproven treatments against Covid-19, and questioned the effectiveness of vaccines.
The government official also appealed to the STF itself to cancel some of these restrictions, such as the night curfew temporarily imposed in some cities in the country, although all appeals have so far been rejected.
Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country hardest hit by the pandemic and one of the hardest-hit countries in the world, with 553,179 deaths and more than 19.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,190,383 people worldwide, among more than 195.8 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the latest report from Agence France-Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
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