For the first time in history, the Armed Forces commanders asked to resign on Monday because of a disagreement with the President of the Republic.
On Monday, the new defense minister, General Walter Braga Netto, announced the resignation of the three by order of Jair Bolsonaro.
The military command was against the resignation of Braga Netto’s predecessor, general Fernando Azevedo.
The now ex-minister rejected the chief's pressure to support the government and actions to repress social containment measures against the coronavirus.
The trio's departure opens the biggest crisis in the area since President Ernesto Geisel sacked Army Minister Sylvio Frota in 1977.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the 1964 coup, so there is still tension. Bolsonaro told supporters that he is governed by the Constitution, which limits decreeing a state of siege.
Braga Netto's published his first memo on the anniversary of the 1964 coup. He maintained the tone previously adopted by Azevedo, positioning the coup as a response to a threat against democracy.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon