President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he won’t use “his army” to impose a nationwide lockdown — or any other restrictive measures — to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“My army, which is your army, won’t be on the streets ordering people to go home,” the president said. The far-right leader has consistently opposed any form of anti-coronavirus measure, defending that people’s “freedom” and their right to work are more important than hindering the spread of the virus.
The president’s words tapped into the fears of many Brasília power brokers. At least three sources — including one Supreme Court justice — told political correspondent Débora Álvares they fear that Mr. Bolsonaro is silently, but diligently, preparing a “front to remain in power in 2022, even if he loses the election.”Support this coverage →