The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, led a simple event for Independence Day, which was less bombastic than other years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already caused nearly 127,000 deaths in the country.
The act, which lasted half an hour, brought together all the government ministers, senior military leaders and nearly 500 people in front of the Alvorada Palace, official residence of the Presidency, where the national flag was raised and there was a brief presentation of a squad of stunt planes.
The Bolsonaro show
Bolsonaro arrived at the scene in a Rolls Royce “Silver Wraith” Without a hood, which was donated to Brazil by Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1953, accompanied by her daughter Laura, 9, and other children.
As usual, the Brazilian far-right leader approached the attendees once the ceremony was over, greeted many, posed for photographs and ignored prevention measures imposed by the coronavirus, which the president suffered last July and from which he is already fully recovered.
In a brief statement broadcast at night on the national network, Bolsonaro praised the national values ”of a nation that fears God, who respects the family and loves his country “.
Decide the future
He also reaffirmed his “commitment to the Constitution, with the preservation of sovereignty and freedom”, and stressed that “independence gave Brazil the possibility of deciding on their fate and the Brazilians decided for democracy. “
Brazil became independent from Portugal on September 7, 1822 and the date, declared a national holiday in 1949, is celebrated with military parades which, until now, had not been canceled since 1889.
This year, however, the Government announced last August the suspension of all mass celebrations for the date, which in Brasilia included a pompous military parade to which about 50,000 people used to attend.
The effect of the pandemic
Bolsonaro, one of the most “denialist & rdquor; of the real gravity of coronavirus, which has come to be branded as “little flu”, was limited to witnessing the show of acrobatic planes of the Air Force and, after greeting the people who approached the Palacio de la Alvorada, he left without talking to journalists.
In addition to the military parade on September 7, other massive events scheduled for the coming months have already been canceled in Brazil, such as the end of the year parties in the Copacabana beaches, from Rio de Janeiro, and on Paulista Avenue, the financial heart of the state of Sao Paulo.
According to the latest official data, the COVID-19 pandemic It already leaves 126,650 deaths and 4.1 million cases in Brazil, one of the three countries most affected by the health crisis in the world, along with the United States and India.