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Bolsonaro exalts freedom of expression in Rio de Janeiro

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Bolsonaro exalts freedom of expression in Rio de Janeiro

Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro participates in a massive event with supporters this Sunday in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022) received a large show of support this Sunday during the march he called in Rio de Janeiro to defend democracy and freedom of expression. EFE/ Antonio Lacerda

The former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022) received a large show of support this Sunday during the march he called in Rio de Janeiro to defend democracy and freedom of expression, in the midst of a dispute between the Justice of his country and the magnate Elon Musk due to censorship and misinformation.

The far-right leader was accompanied by thousands of followers who gathered in front of Copacabana beach dressed in green and yellow t-shirts, the colors of the Brazilian flag, raised as a symbol of patriotism by Bolsonaro supporters.

However, the event in the Fluminense capital, Bolsonaro’s main political stronghold, was visibly smaller than the one held two months ago in São Paulo, where some 185,000 people accompanied him on Paulista Avenue.

The leader of the Brazilian far-right arrived confident at the meeting due to the tensions caused by the billionaire owner of the social network Alexandre de Moraesthe judge of the Supreme Court of Justice who is leading the investigations against him.

The judge, who has Bolsonaro in his sights for his alleged participation in the coup attempt that sought to overthrow the Government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva In January 2023, he was accused by the billionaire of censoring social media.

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It was precisely that topic that focused the speech of the leader of the Brazilian far-right, who defended freedom of expression and praised Musk, who he said had “the courage to show with some evidence” where the country’s democracy was heading.

In his speech, the former president posed as a victim of “the persecution” and “cowardice” of those who want to see him away from the political cause, and ranted against Lula’s Government, whom he accused of being a “lover of the dictatorship.”

As he did in São Paulo, the far-right once again defended himself against the accusations against him for “inciting” his followers to violently invade the headquarters of the three powers on January 8 of last year and asked for amnesty for those They participated in the events, although they avoided explicitly mentioning Judge De Moraes or the highest court of justice.

He left that job in the hands of Silas Malafiathe influential evangelical pastor allied to Bolsonaro, who ranted about the Supreme Court, called De Moraes a “dictator in the toga” and even attacked the military.

In Copacabana, Bolsonaro was accompanied by his wife, three of his children and several political allies in the middle of a crowd that, between the flags of Brazil and Israel, incessantly chanted “no to the dictatorship”, “freedom for Brazil” and “Lula thief his “The place is the prison.” EFE (I)

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