A Senate commission Brazilian asked this Tuesday to suspend the access of the president Jair Bolsonaro to his social media accounts for citing new false information about him Covid-19, before voting on a report that recommends indicting the president of serious crimes for his pandemic management.
The order, which will be sent to Federal Supreme Court (STF) and to the attorney general’s office, it is given after the far-right president will mention on Thursday in a live connection an information that associates the vaccine against Covid-19 with AIDS. The video was later removed from Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
The video platform also decided to suspend the channel Bolsonaro for a week.
The text, presented by the vice president of the Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPI), Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, calls for “the precautionary suspension” of the access of Bolsonaro to your accounts Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter “to avoid destruction of evidence.”
In addition, it calls for the bankruptcy of the “telematic secrecy” so that Google, owner of Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, provide information on the president’s accounts on his networks, where he has a total of more than 40 million followers.
Bolsonaro, a skeptic of distancing measures and antigens against Covid-19, mentioned on Thursday the existence of false information that says there are official reports from the government of the United Kingdom that “suggest” that the fully vaccinated are developing the AIDS disease “much more rapidly than anticipated.”
The information was denied by the British government to the fact-checking service of the AFP.
The text also asks that the president “retract on the national chain, denying the correlation between vaccination against coronavirus and the development of Page“, under penalty of a fine of 50,000 reais (about $ 9,000) for each day of non-compliance.
“We can no longer tolerate this type of behavior,” Rodrigues wrote in the text, in which he accuses Bolsonaro to “continue with your disinformation policy and generation of an alleged social chaos “.
The president, a great adept of social networks, is often accused of spreading false news. In August, the Supreme Federal Court decided to investigate him for crimes of “slander” and “incitement to crime”, among other causes related to his questioning without evidence of the electronic voting system in Brazil.
The request was approved in the Senate shortly before ICC members vote on the report resulting from six months of investigation into the pandemic management, which has claimed 605,000 lives in Brazil.
In it, it is recommended to incriminate the president of a dozen crimes, including “crimes against humanity“, favor a epidemic which resulted in death and “quackery“.
Analysts assume that the majority of senators will endorse the text presented last week by the rapporteur, Senator Renan Calheiros, who also asks to indict 80 other people, including several ministers and former ministers, as well as three of the president’s children. , and two companies.
The responsibility of the pandemic “It belongs to many people, there are many accused, but it is mainly the president, that” serial killer, “who is obsessed with death,” Calheiros told reporters before the session.
Although the final ICC report could have serious political and judicial consequences, analysts agree that its short-term impact will be “symbolic”, because Bolsonaro still have enough support in the Congress to avoid a “impeachment“and they see it unlikely that the attorney general will decide to impute it.
The report, with moving testimonies and shocking revelations – such as the use of patients such as “human guinea pigs” to test ineffective drugs against the Covid-19 or the “deliberate delay in the purchase of vaccines” ─, will be sent to different bodies that can continue investigations and formulate charges, such as the Attorney General or an international court.
Since the beginning of the health emergency, Bolsonaro downplayed the pandemic and defended ineffective drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine. More than a year after contracting the virus, he assures that he will not be vaccinated.
His popularity is at its lowest level since he assumed the presidency, in large part also due to the skyrocketing inflation and high unemployment, and surveys for 2022 show it behind the former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.