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Congressman Bolsonaro Defended New Military Coup in the 1990s

06/04/2018 - 11h24

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RANIER BRAGON
FROM BRASÍLIA

The leader of the Brazilian poles for the next presidential election in the scenarios without Lula, of the PT, Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) defended a new military coup in Brazil in the 1990s.

In interviews, meetings and in a speech in the country's Lower House, the lawmaker said that he did not believe in a solution for Brazil through votes.

In his interviews nowadays, Bolsonaro, who is likely to run for president, has adopted the opposite opinion. As he did while attending the March for Jesus on Thursday, May 31, Bolsonaro says that he never used the word "intervention" when questioned about the current push for a military intervention in the country - an euphemism for coup.

"I have never said the word intervention. If a military officer becomes the head of the country, it will be through votes," he said.

Eduardo Anizelli/Folhapress
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro

In an interview to Câmera Aberta television program 19 years ago, however, Bolsonaro was questioned by his interviewer if he would close the National Congress if he became president.

"I have no doubts – I would begin the coup on the very first day! And I am sure that at least 90% of the people would commemorate or give me an ovation. The Congress today is good for nothing, they only vote in favor of the president's projects. If he is the person who makes the decisions, who calls the shots, who laughs at the Congress, then start the coup at once, and let's make this a dictatorship," he said.

Folha sent questions to Bolsonaro's press office so that he could comment on the subject; however, there was no reply.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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