A copy of a “Covid-19” report, first reported by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, reportedly recommends more than two dozen counts of homicide against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his aides, including murder, armed robbery and plundering government property.
Presidential Communications Director Ciro Gomes on Friday called the proposal “fascist or right-wing.”
Covid-19 was written by Paulo Moura Costa, who served on the body working on inquiries into alleged human rights abuses in Brazil’s “Communion” military regime between 1964 and 1985.
While a task force of academics, lawyers and former jurists conducted studies of alleged human rights abuses carried out by Bolsonaro’s party in Congress, supporters of the President have speculated that the report, which didn’t appear publicly, was written to depict the incident of his official helicopter being escorted out of a military base by troops as an act of violent revenge from the former military officers still active in Brazilian society.
After a military seizure of power in 1964, interim military governments ran Brazil for 23 years.
Brazil’s current President, Jair Bolsonaro, became the world’s fifth right-wing populist leader since the rise of Donald Trump.
The calls for Bolsonaro’s impeachment or removal were met with fresh outrage on social media, with some accusing the leftist Workers’ Party of inventing the “hate crime” and it was used to stir up racially motivated violence in Brazil.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the report.