Another Sunday, another blatant anti-democratic provocation in defiance of social distancing measures in Brazil. Less than 24 hours after the country topped the mark of 500,000 Covid-19 infections, President Jair Bolsonaro joined protestors once more in the capital Brasília. The crowd — seemingly one of the largest since the beginning of the pandemic — demanded the total reopening of the Brazilian economy, as well as the shutdown of the Supreme Court and Congress.
Mr. Bolsonaro was joined by his Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva, who recently endorsed threats against the Supreme Court made by the president’s chief security officer, retired Army General Augusto Heleno. Last week, Gen. Heleno stated that the Supreme Court could ignite “unpredictable consequences to national stability” should it try to seize Mr. Bolsonaro’s private cell phone as part of an investigation into whether the president illegally interfered with the Federal Police.