Bolsonaro has seized on the investigations – several of which are targeting his family members – as what he calls an unfair infringement of his national authority as president. He has accused the supreme court of exceeding its constitutional power and last month submitted a request to impeach de Moraes. The senate quickly tossed it out as baseless.
Bolsonaro’s popularity has cratered in recent months as the coronavirus has ravaged the country, the economy has shed millions of jobs and investigations into his conduct have intensified. His discomfort at the inquiries has fuelled increasingly bellicose comments, both from him and supporters, some of whom have repeatedly called for him to lead a military takeover of the country and depose those who have sought to constrain his power.
Bolsonaro said last month he only sees three possible futures for himself: imprisonment, death or victory. He has repeatedly flirted with an idea of a constitutional “rupture,” without specifying what that would be.
Bolsonaro has called on Tuesday’s protests a political inflection point in Brazil.
In remarks to the crowd, he said the country can no longer tolerate supreme court ministers like de Moraes.
“Either the leader of this branch of power gets this minister under control, or this branch will suffer what none of us want,” Bolsonaro said to thousands of supporters in Brasilia, some of whom held signs calling for the imprisonment of the supreme court.
“We can’t continue to accept that one specific person among the three branches continues to barbarise our population,” Bolsonaro added.
“We won’t accept more political arrests in our Brazil.”
Matthew Tyrmand, a member of Miller’s travelling party, posted on Twitter Tuesday morning that Miller was “being interrogated by Supreme Court anti-Bolsonaristas on day of massive pro @jairbolsonaro rally after we met w/Bolsonaros.”
He included photos of himself and Miller posing with Bolsonaro and the president’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is also a politician.
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