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Bolsonaro encourages supporters to storm hospitals

After telling supporters to break with social isolation rules, the Brazilian president takes it to the next level

Bolsonaro encourages supporters to storm hospitals
President Jair Bolsonaro during a Facebook live broadcast. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Since the beginning of Brazil’s Covid-19 epidemic, President Jair Bolsonaro has been dismissive of the virus in a way that is unrivaled among global leaders. Calling the disease a “little flu” and “the sniffles,” he has influenced many of his supporters to take an equally skeptical stance towards the virus that has so far claimed over 40,000 lives. Mr. Bolsonaro has openly encouraged his followers to break with social isolation rules on a number of occasions, be it to go back to work, join anti-democratic street protests, or — in his latest call for social disobedience — break into...

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