“The Indian is becoming human being like us,” Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian president would face a lawsuit for this racist comment against the natives of his country.

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. / Photo: Reuters

LatinAmerican Post | Marcela Peñaloza

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Leer en español: “El indio es cada vez más ser humano como nosotros”, Jair Bolsonaro

Again Jair Bolsonaro is in the middle of the public scandal for racist comments he made through his social networks. In a transmission in which he informed the creation of the Council of the Amazon, the Brazilian president said that "the Indian has changed, is evolving and becoming increasingly a human being like us". "What we want is to integrate him into society so that he can own his land", the president added.



Before the comments, the reactions did not wait and in fact legal actions were announced against the president. Sonia Guajajara, executive coordinator of the main indigenous organization in Brazil, Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib, in Spanish), said on her Twitter account that "Apib will go to justice against Jair Bolsonaro for the crime of racism."

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Guajajara, in the same tweet, asked for respect and affirmed that “Bolsonaro once again breaks the Constitution by denying our existence as human beings. We must stop this wicked one! ”

According to France 24, the situation originated because “leaders of 45 tribes gathered in the Xingu reserve to sign a memorandum against the mining project that the Bolsonaro government intends to implement. According to the indigenous people, legalizing artisanal or small-scale mining, known as 'garimpo', constitutes a 'genocide, ethnocide and ecocide', which they accuse Bolsonaro of. ”

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Bolsonaro has repeatedly stated that indigenous reserves are very large and that he plans to allow mining as well as agriculture.

Bolsonaro and the controversies

This is not the first time the president has been in the eye of the storm because of his claims. Last year, Bolsonaro referred to activist Greta Thungberg as a "brat" and accused actor Leonardo DiCaprio of financing the Amazon fires. When pointing to DiCaprio, the president did not present any evidence.

It seems that every time Bolsonaro wants to avoid responsibility for his political actions or establish measures that threaten the environment, the president resorts to launching controversial statements.


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