On Tuesday’s Live UOL (14), I talked about the apology made by the Brazilian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Fred Arruda, to Dom Phillips’ family, for the wrong statement that the bodies of the British journalist and the indigenist Bruno Araújo Pereira had been found in the Amazon, tied to a tree.
The embassy staff, he said, misinterpreted information from those responsible for the investigations.
The mixture of insensitivity with the suffering of others and incompetence, so striking in Jair Bolsonaro, unfortunately extended, therefore, to Brazilian diplomacy, at a delicate moment in the episode of disappearances, as if the negative international repercussion for Brazil was not enough. because of the parallel state prevailing in the forest where indigenous peoples were left to fend for themselves.
Too bad, however, that Arruda apologized, unlike the President of the Republic, who has twice blamed the potential victims for having placed themselves in a situation of vulnerability, referring to an “unrecommended adventure” and stating that “the people abuse” and “things happen”.
At the beginning of the pandemic, when the virus was advancing over Brazilian territory and Bolsonaro refused or delayed the purchase of vaccines, he defended, in a distorted way, the “right to come and go” of citizens, as if the rates of contamination, disease, death and spread of Covid-19 did not increase in case of maintenance of normal life, without the necessary care.
Now, in practice, Bolsonaro condemns the abuse of the right to come and go by Phillips and Pereira, pretending to have no responsibility for the area of the national territory dominated by fishermen, hunters and illegal miners, as well as arms and drug traffickers.
For a chief executive who, in 2019, responded to the British journalist himself with a patriot, declaring that the Amazon is ours and not theirs, the stance goes beyond contradiction, inconsistency, convenience, opportunism. She is wicked.
Watch the entirety of today’s Live UOL, in which we also talk about former President Fernando Collor (PTB), who announced his pre-candidacy for the government of Alagoas as an ally of Bolsonaro; and on the political future of former judge Sergio Moro.
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