Lula Says Bolsonaro Fails to Inform the Population on What to Do Amid a Pandemic

Petista said that the president is unable to govern, but avoided explicit defense of impeachment

São Paulo

Former President Lula (PT) criticized President Jair Bolsonaro this Wednesday (1st) for not giving instructions to the population on how to act in the pandemic of the novel coronavirus in his statement last Tuesday ( 31).

"The president uses I don't know how much time on TV and has no orientation for people," he said, in a virtual interview with blogs and left-wing press outlets. For the PT, the Presidency lacks a "command voice" in this crisis.

Brazil's former President (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures as he speaks during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL RAMALHO / AFP) - AFP

The former president also said that Bolsonaro's concern for the poor is lip service and demanded that the president make the Union's funds reach the workers so that they can fulfill social isolation.

"Trying to defend the poorest, the street vendor, the Uber guy, from small businesses ... In addition to defending these guys from the outside. The concrete measures benefited bankers because he released R $ 200 billion for bankers", Lula said.

"And for the poor people who need R$ 600, we heard Guedes [Minister of Economy] say that it will only be April 16," he added.

Lula said that there is no problem in breaking the tax rules and that Guedes should release aid to the neediest now, as they will not be able to last 15 days.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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