Dozens of Portuguese civil society organizations and personalities signed a petition of international solidarity with Brazil, in which they called the President, Jair Bolsonaro, “genocide” after more than 550,000 deaths due to covid-19.
“We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with the Brazilian people and extreme concern for the national destruction project carried out by the Government of Jair Bolsonaro”, say the signatories, who add that the management of the covid-19 pandemic, responsible for 550,502 deaths in Brazil, is “the most visible face of a tragic enterprise”, reported the agency Portuguese.
The undersigned note that the Bolsonaro administration carried out “the destruction of ecosystems and the sale of national heritage, the desire to annihilate native cultures and peoples, attacks on human rights, indigenous populations and quilombolas, the criminalization of activists and of social movements, in addition to the persecution of the most oppressed groups, such as women and the LGBTQI+ population”.
The signatories also criticized the position adopted by Bolsonaro, “which since the beginning of the pandemic (…) has shown the contempt of the President and his supporters for the gravity of the situation”.
Among the attitudes criticized are discourses of minimizing the effects of the virus, the incitement to gatherings, the contempt for the use of face masks, the promotion of “ineffective medicines” and the “systematic refusal to purchase vaccines”.
“The Bolsonaro Government’s genocidal project is evident, present not only in its declarations, but also in the adoption of measures that facilitated the spread of the virus, in complete disregard for the lives of thousands of Brazilians and Brazilians”, the signatories said, among which include associations for the defense of human rights, Portuguese and Brazilian cultural or political associations.
In the text, proposed by the network “#PortugalDenunciaBolsonaroGenocida”, composed of Casa do Brasil in Lisbon, Maria Felipa Collective, Alvorada Aveiro Collective, Andorinha Collective, Brazilian Solidarity and Voices in the World, the authors reinforce that “the numbers are alarming” and show if concerned about the food insecurity in the country.
“Hunger advances and food insecurity already affects more than half of Brazilian homes. The failures in the conduct of economic policy are evidence with an increase in the cost of living and unemployment. The poor and black people are the hardest hit”, they referred.
In this sense, the signatories aligned themselves with the protests carried out throughout Brazil and also called for “international support for the end of the genocide and ecocide underway in Brazil”.
Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the most affected in the world when counting 550,502 fatalities and more than 19.7 million confirmed cases.
The pandemic caused at least 4,169,966 deaths worldwide, among more than 194.6 million cases of infection, according to the agency. France-Presse. The disease was detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently has variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.