RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s safety element allegedly used violence towards Brazilian reporters protecting his journey to Rome for the Group of 20 main economies meeting, native media reported on Sunday.
The alleged assaults towards Brazilian reporters, who Bolsonaro has lengthy accused of treating him unfairly and publishing pretend news, capped a grim weekend for the far-right president. Videos from G20 occasions confirmed him as an remoted determine, who was not a part of the photograph taken at the Trevi fountain with world leaders. Out on the streets of Rome, he was loudly criticized for his dealing with of the nation’s brutal pandemic, with critics calling him “genocidal.”
More than 600,000 individuals have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, the second highest tally in the world after the United States. Bolsonaro has questioned the severity of the virus, shunned lockdowns, sowed vaccine doubts and pushed unproven cures. A Senate panel has really helpful he be indicted for 9 crimes associated to his dealing with of the pandemic, together with crimes towards humanity.
Newspaper O Globo reported that broadcast journalist Leonardo Monteiro of TV Globo was punched in the abdomen and pushed by Bolsonaro’s safety after asking the president why he did not attend any G20 occasions on Sunday. A video taken by UOL journalist Jamil Chade exhibits chaotic scenes with safety employees jostling the press and Bolsonaro supporters chanting abuse at reporters.
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It was not clear if the safety officers have been Brazilian or Italian. O Globo reported that Italians had been given the job of offering safety to Bolsonaro.
The president’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the assaults or why he was lacking from the leaders’ photograph. The G20 press group additionally didn’t instantly reply to requests.
“Globo vehemently condemns the aggression towards its correspondent Leonardo Monteiro and different colleagues in Rome and calls for an entire evaluation of duties,” TV Globo mentioned in a press release.
Videos from the G20 occasions present Bolsonaro looking remoted.
The former military captain has seen his worldwide assist diminish since former U.S. President Donald Trump misplaced his re-election bid, whereas Bolsonaro’s skepticism towards COVID-19, vaccines and environmental issues has received him few buddies on the worldwide stage.
In one video taken by Jamil Chade, Bolsonaro is seen putting up a dialog with Italian waiters as world leaders chat amongst themselves in the opposite a part of the room.
“This video of Bolsonaro strolling round alone in the G20 convention corridor, whereas different world leaders are chatting, is painful to observe, however it adequately displays the collapse of Brazil’s standing in the world,” Oliver Stuenkel, a world relations professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Brazilian college, tweeted.
(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; modifying by Diane Craft)
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