Brazilians Rally on Social Media After Bolsonaro Threatens to Punch Journalist

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL: In his latest attack on journalists, President Jair Bolsonaro told a reporter from the newspaper O Globo on Sunday that he wanted to punch him […] The post Brazilians Rally on Social Media After Bolsonaro Threatens to Punch Journalist appeared first on Latin America News Dispatch.

Brazilians Rally on Social Media After Bolsonaro Threatens to Punch Journalist

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA

BRAZIL: In his latest attack on journalists, President Jair Bolsonaro told a reporter from the newspaper O Globo on Sunday that he after the reporter questioned a payment made to the president’s wife, Michelle. The reporter asked Bolsonaro why Fabrício Queiroz, the former advisor of Bolsonaro’s son Flávio, transferred 89,000 reais ($16,000 USD) to Michelle Bolsonaro’s account. Queiroz is currently for allegedly embezzling public funds and depositing them into different bank accounts.

The president’s remarks when Brazilian journalists posed the same question on social media yesterday in support of the O Globo reporter. Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians followed, including like composer Caetano Veloso, comedian Danilo Gentili, actress Bruna Marquezine, and singer Anitta. 

Bolsonaro has been feuding with the Brazilian press ever since he took office over a year and a half ago. His often happen on social media, but journalists have also been threatened with physical violence by Bolsonaro and his supporters. At a public event about COVID-19 yesterday, Bolsonaro suggested and were more likely to die from the virus because they aren’t athletic like him.

Headlines from the western hemisphere

SOUTHERN CONE

BRAZIL: A Brazilian congresswoman and famed gospel singer was accused yesterday of last year. Investigators say Flordelis dos Santos de Souza planned Anderson do Carmo’s murder and to carry it out. They tried five times to kill him with poison or in staged robberies before succeeding, investigators said. The couple, who founded an evangelical church together, raised 55 children, most of them adopted. Five children and one granddaughter have been arrested for the murder.  

CHILE: Experts in the UN’s Human Rights Council said yesterday that the Chilean police against the feminist collective Las Tesis. The complaint was filed in Valparaíso in June after the group posted a video on YouTube in which they allegedly said “fire for the cops.” Police said the group incited violence. Las Tesis’ song “A Rapist in Your Path” has become a against abuse against women, reaching every continent except Antarctica. 

PARAGUAY: Current and former government officials are under fire for participating in social events and not adhering to rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vice Minister of Health Sunday night after photos and videos appeared on social media showing him at an event where no one was wearing masks or social distancing, including him and his girlfriend. Earlier this month, the daughter of former President Horacio Cartes got married in a large ceremony, and posted on social media showed that coronavirus protocols were largely ignored. Paraguay was praised early on in the pandemic for keeping the virus at bay, but the country has recently experienced a surge in cases. Paraguay has more than 13,000 cases and 205 deaths.

ANDES

BOLIVIA: The Ministry of Justice filed against former President Evo Morales alleging he had , one resulting in a pregnancy. The complaints accuse Morales of rape and human trafficking. The first complaint was prompted last week when photos surfaced showing a 19-year-old accompanying Morales on trips. She was a minor at the time the photos were taken. The second complaint alleges Morales had a relationship with a 15-year-old who gave birth to his child when she was 16. On Sunday, Morales said the complaints the Movimiento al Socialismo party ahead of the October presidential election.

CARIBBEAN

REGION: A tropical storm warning was issued for yesterday as Tropical Storm Laura makes its way through the Caribbean on the heels of Tropical Storm Marco. Laura yesterday, causing heavy rains and coastal swells. and the Dominican Republic were hardest hit by the storm, leaving at least 20 people dead and several others missing. As the storms head toward the United States, Marco has weakened, but Laura could into a Category-3 hurricane.

JAMAICA: Prime Minister Andrew Holness a week and a half before the general election due to rising COVID-19 cases. Two weeks ago, Holness ended a state of emergency over the virus and announced elections would take place September 3. Some have blamed the surge in cases on tourism and . Jamaica has more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.

CENTRAL AMERICA

GUATEMALA: Former Minister of Communications Alejandro Sinibaldi to authorities yesterday after spending four years on the run from corruption charges. Sinibaldi was wanted for alleged corruption in several cases, including one involving the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Sinibaldi was Minister of Communications from 2012 to 2014 during the government of President Otto Pérez Molina. In a , Sinibaldi said he decided to turn himself in a year ago “so that the whole truth is known.”

NORTH AMERICA

MEXICO: Millions of Mexican children yesterday. Instruction is online, on the television, or on the radio, depending on what’s available to students. The move to remote learning has prompted the families of nearly 2 million students to transfer from costly private schools to public schools, according to a . In the first round of remote learning last spring, classes were broadcast on cable television, but only 46% of households in Mexico have cable. Poor and are most likely to be left out of remote learning, and many worry that some students will drop out permanently.

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