The president of the neighboring country, Jair Bolsonaro, defended this Sunday his project to increase subsidies in Brazil and denied that it is related to his objective of seeking reelection in the 2022 elections, as indicated by opponents and analysts.
«We regret the situation in which the poor find themselves in Brazil, experiencing difficulties; We are not fighting for the elections in 2022, that issue is not touched, “said Bolsonaro together with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, at a fair in Brasilia.
The president’s popularity is at the lowest point since he took office in 2019, with a country that reached year-on-year inflation of 10.25% last September and unemployment of 13.7%.
The president “is a popular politician, he is not a populist,” said Guedes, questioned for giving in to Bolsonaro’s idea considered by some for electoral purposes, the AFP news agency reported.
The initiative of the president to increase to 400 reais (about $ 70) by the end of 2022 the amount of the social aid program Auxilio Brasil, successor to the popular Bolsa Familia, was released last week, while images of people looking for food in garbage multiply.
The current average for the program is 192 reais ($ 33) per month.
But the spending implied by the increase for some 17 million Brazilians exceeds the limit established by the fiscal responsibility law, something that disturbed the market and caused four resignations in the Ministry of Economy last week.
The Government intends to circumvent that ceiling with a maneuver based on reforms that are already in the hands of Congress.
After confirming his confidence in Guedes on Friday, which denied rumors of estrangement, Bolsonaro again supported him this Sunday: “We are going to go out together,” he predicted.
Facebook deleted a video of Bolsonaro for lying by linking vaccine against Covid-19 and HIV
Facebook removed a video made by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, for lying about the pandemic, specifically by falsely linking those vaccinated against the coronavirus with the possibility of developing HIV, the AIDS virus.
The decision was made both on Facebook and in another of its digital companies, the Instagram network, amid the great wave of indignation caused after the live broadcast made on Thursday night by Bolsonaro, who has decided not to be vaccinated against Covid -19 and is opposed to demanding immunization for economic reopening.
“Our policies do not allow arguments that vaccines kill or can cause serious harm,” a Facebook spokesperson in the São Paulo regional office told the Brazilian press.
In his Facebook Live, Bolsonaro spread false news that circulates on the social networks of the British extreme right as if it were true.
He said that “those vaccinated against Covid-19 are developing acquired impaired deficiency syndrome” and quickly clarified that he was not going to continue with the issue for fear of being lifted off the air.
Bolsonaro has already been sanctioned by networks after defending ineffective remedies against Covid-19, a case that was classified as charlatanism by the accusation of the report of the Senate committee that investigates his management in the face of the pandemic, which charges the president with another nine crimes, including against humanity.
The report will be voted on Tuesday by the commission.
The link between the coronavirus and HIV was denied by specialists around the world.
‘The claim is absurd and unscientific. There is no possibility of these vaccines causing that, the claim is absurd and unscientific, “said Denise Garrett, epidemiologist and vice president of the Sabin Institute, United States.