Bolsonaro Says that Olavos Criticism of Military Does "Not Contribute" to Government

But in a note read by spokesperson, president reaffirms that the writer has a patriotic spirit"


After deleting an Olavo de Carvalho video from his social media accounts, president Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) said on Monday (21) that the writer’s criticism of the military does “not contribute” to the government. 

“The recent declarations of Olavo de Carvalho against members of the government of the Republic do not contribute to the unity of its forces and the proposed objectives of our government,” said the president in a note read by his spokesperson, general Otávio Rêgo Barros. 

Olavo de Carvalho. (Foto: Vivi Zanatta/Folhapress) - Folhapress

Ríos Barros added, however, that Olavo, considered a guru of the new right, "played a considerable role in exposing the conservative ideas that opposed the anachronistic message worshiped by the left—ideas that harmed the country."

The spokesperson said that the president is still convinced that “the teacher, with his patriotic spirit, is trying to contribute to positive change to the future of Brazil”.

Last Saturday (20), videos in which Olavo criticized those allied with Bolsonaro, mainly those in the military, were publicized on the official Youtube channel of the president and shared by councilman Carlos Bolsonaro (PSC-RJ), son of the president. 

In the video, the writer questioned how military schools contribute to the country and said that the military regime (1964-1985), “destroyed the politics of the right."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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