Coronavirus

Venezuela remains Bolsonaro’s straw man, even in Covid-19 crisis

Despite countries around the world dealing with their own problems, President Jair Bolsonaro has found time to lash out at Venezuela, his favorite enemy

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Brazil-Venezuela border

“Considering the inability of the Venezuelan dictatorial regime to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Brazilian government will adopt restrictive measures on the border with Venezuela,” President Bolsonaro tweeted, a day after Brazil had registered its first death from the new virus, amid almost 500 confirmed cases.

According to the leader, his decisions are based on the World Health Organization’s recommendations, to seek the well-being of the northern region of Brazil. But we know they don’t. Since he became a presidential candidate in 2018, Jair Bolsonaro has been using Venezuela as his straw man, blaming every problem—real or imagined—on...

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