BRASILIA | hundreds of people gathered Sunday in Brasilia to demonstrate their support for the brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, in quarantine after being infected with the coronavirus.
Dressed in the colors of the brazilian flag, they marched through the centre of the capital, wearing patriotic symbols, crosses and portraits of the president, confined within the palace of the Alvorada palace in Brasilia, where it exerts its functions through video-conferencing.
Fierce critic so far of the containment while having minimized these last four months the severity of the pandemic, which undermines his country, Mr. Bolsonaro, 65, announced on 7 July that it had contracted the virus.
It said on Wednesday may have done a second test, which confirmed the contamination, but he assured her that he did not present any symptom. The president has also stressed to continue his treatment with hydroxychloroquine, a medication in which he has an unwavering faith, but whose effectiveness has not been formally proven.
The protesters, who came from several States, packed in several parts of the great avenue that runs along the departments, and if most had masks of protection, many wore them around the neck, or would the face uncovered.
Among them, Angelo Luis, an engineer. “Our Brazil is a christian country, and we support Bolsonaro because after many years [of waiting] in the past, we have a president who is in agreement with our beliefs,” he explained.
On Saturday night, Jair Bolsonaro is out of the palace to discuss with his followers in the vicinity of the official residence, protected by a mask and remaining at about two meters distance.
Brazil is behind the United States, the world’s second largest in terms of number of cases of contamination (more than two million) and the dead (78 770) are related to the COVID-19.