Brazil is on the brink of civil war. An investigation against President Jair Bolsonaro is underway by the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil.
Brazilian Minister of Justice and Public Security Sergio Moru resigned on April 24. He was appointed by Bolsonaro to fight corruption, and left after the President dismissed the Head of the federal police. Moru believes that the Brazilian president wanted to prevent the investigation of criminal cases involving his sons. After that, the Federal Court judge Celso di Melu approved of the investigation because of public accusations of Bolsonaro using his official position for personal purposes.
Brazil has the highest growth rate of the number of detected COVID-19 infections (the total number of detected cases as of May 25 is more than 360,000 people). The reason for this growth is Bolsonaro’s reluctance to introduce the lockdown status since this may adversely affect the country’s economy. Some of the governors supported his decision, while others, on the contrary, have acted against the instructions of the President. Bolsonaro’s policies are similar to the initial actions of the US President Trump, who considered coronavirus “a simple flu”. Since the start of the pandemic in Brazil, two healthcare ministers have already been replaced.
It is noteworthy that, despite the absence of harsh restrictions, the Brazilian economy is now in decline. This is due primarily to the economic crisis preceding the pandemic. However, Bolsonaro accuses the disobedient governors of everything, who, contrary to his opinion, have introduced the lockdown regime.
As we wrote earlier, Brazil today is the clearest example of how the power of capital can and will respond to a deteriorating economic situation. Millions of lives and the integrity of the country are endangered and all for the sake of preserving the profits of the capitalists. Considering Bolsonaro’s firm decision not to quarantine, rioting in Brazil is becoming an increasingly realistic prospect. The main question remains. Who will lead this protest and what positions will the Brazilian workers and left organizations take?