For his first speech in the Chamber of Deputies, in 1993, an elected official, unknown to Brazilians, suggested the outright abolition of Congress: “I am a supporter of the dictatorship. We will never solve our serious national problems with this irresponsible democracy, ”he affected.
Having become President of the Republic, Bolsonaro has trouble with Parliament. More precisely with the senatorial commission responsible for investigating its responsibility for the slaughter caused in Brazil by the Covid pandemic, with, to date, 604,000 deaths. This body made up of senators from various political currents was to request, Wednesday, the indictment of the head of state for a long list of “intentional” crimes. The 1,200-page final report never ceases to list very serious accusations: aggravated homicide, failure to take preventive health measures, charlatanism, incitement to crime, falsification of private documents, irregular use of public funds, embezzlement, genocide of indigenous peoples, crime against humanity, crime of responsibility for violation of social rights and incompatibility with the dignity and honor of the office of President of the Republic. Tuesday evening, rapporteur Renan Calheiros announced that he had retained nine charges: those of “homicide” and “genocide of indigenous peoples” were finally withdrawn at the last minute, due to dissensions within the commission of investigation. In total, the rapporteur proposes the indictment of 70 people, including several ministers and the three eldest sons of Jair Bolsonaro, who have deliberately decided, at the top of the State, not to take the necessary measures to contain the circulation of virus.
Support still strong
The senators’ investigations shed light on the government’s responsibilities in the serious oxygen shortage which caused the death of dozens of patients by asphyxiation in Manaus, question Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-confinement speech and his denial in the face of the seriousness of the Covid , which he describes as “grippette”, reinforce the suspicions of corruption in the acquisition of vaccines. They also shed light on the murky role of private mutuals, accused of having promoted, with government support, the “early treatment” of the virus with products such as hydroxychloroquine, with scientifically proven ineffectiveness.
However, nothing says that the work of this commission of inquiry can really lead to an impeachment procedure: the report must still be submitted, next week, to Parliament, where Jair Bolsonaro still has strong supporters, before being transmitted. to the public prosecutor’s office, where Attorney General Augusto Aras, an ally of Bolsonaro, can block any indictment.