Brazil’s new defense minister, Walter Braga Netto, got off to a busy start. The first thing was to receive the three chiefs of the Armed Forces, who presented their resignations to him. The next was to despise democracy and institutions. The general issued a note where exalts the coup in that country.

Braga Netto referred to the 57 years of the 1964 military coup and defended the constitutional break. The minister said that the objective was to “pacify the country” and stressed that “The 1964 movement is part of the historical trajectory of Brazil”. The health crisis adds a policy, in the midst of the human tragedy left by Covid-19.

Brazil reached a new maximum of deaths with 3,780 victims in 24 hours. In parallel, the far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro insisted that the priority is to go to work. His opinion is that mayors and governors who adopt restrictions against the pandemic assume it as “a state of siege.”

The defense minister assured that the coup was a response to “the expansion of totalitarian ideologies” and in the context of “the Cold War.” That narrative is the one defended by Bolsonaro, who led the commemorations of the de facto regime to the public. Until then it was only celebrated in the barracks.

The country reports that the president created a crisis cabinet to manage the pandemic when Brazil exceeded 300,000 deaths. The indiscriminate increase in cases is such that several São Paulo cemeteries bury during the nights. Hospitals continue to receive thousands of infected who need to be treated in the ICU and arrive more seriously.

Walter Souza Braga Netto in his times as military commander

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