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“Mandetta produced letter he sent Bolsonaro in March 2020 which concluded: “We expressly recommend the presidency reconsiders its stance ... taking steps in opposite direction cd cause health system collapse & extremely serious consequences for population”

With 66,573 COVID-19 deaths in March, Brazil has just closed out its deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic by far. It comes amid the exits of the country’s army, navy and air force chiefs and as pressure mounts on President Jair Bolsonaro.

President Jair Bolsonaro replaced the country’s military chiefs as his government braces mounting criticism over an explosion of COVID-19 deaths. Brazil ended the month of March with more than 66,570 deaths. | via AFP

For background on the March 31st coup, I humbly suggest my 2018 NYRB piece on Bolsonaro and the roots of his ideology, which begins with a discussion of 1964 and its consequences

According to Datafolha, over 50% of Brazilians disapprove of @jairbolsonaro 's #Covid  response. On March 24th, Bolsonaro made a half-hearted attempt to reassure the public with a press conference. His speech lasted just 3 minutes & was ineffective.

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"Soon this will pass," Bolsonaro said on 24 March 2020. "Soon we will go back to our normal lives," Bolsonaro said on 23 March 2021. In the intervening period 298,797 Brazilians have died.

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The joint statement released with President Bolsonaro in March makes absolutely clear that I support Brazil beginning the process for full OECD membership. The United States stands by that statement and stands by @jairbolsonaro . This article is FAKE NEWS!

In March, Brazilian President Bolsonaro visited President Trump in Florida. Bolsonaro’s former Health Minister@depmandetta  says that, “from the people that went with him, 17 tested positive in about 15 days after they arrived. So this trip was really a corona trip.”

Last year, Twitter said it would flag tweets by politicians who violate its rules. Twitter has yet to append such a notice to tweets by Trump or any other official, though it did in March delete posts by Maduro & Bolsonaro about unproven coronavirus cures.

A senior Brazilian official who met President Trump on March 7 has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the country's presidency says. President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director posted a photo of himself posing beside Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

Brazil President Bolsonaro Press Secretary (pictured here on right, March 7) tested positive for coronavirus. At minimum, critical @realDonaldTrump  gets tested.

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BREAKING: #Brazil  President@jairbolsonaro  to visit #SOUTHCOM  Sunday, March 8. Bolsonaro will meet w/ Adm. Craig Faller, command & @DeptofDefense  leaders to discuss the growing U.S.-Brazil defense partnership. @EmbaixadaEUA  @DefesaGovBr  @USAemPortugues 

Patrícia Campos Mello (Brazil) is also on the March list. She is a leading reporter for Brazil’s largest daily newspaper under attack from President Bolsonaro and other politicians #OneFreePress 

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Marielle Franco was the black LGBT feminist Rio City Councilwoman from the favelas who devoted her life to fighting police abuse & defending human rights. She was assassinated in March, with no arrests made. This is what Bolsonaro supporters just did to her street sign:

In Brazil, women, who are not united behind any one candidate, are nonetheless mobilizing a mass movement against Bolsonaro, expected to culminate in a huge protest march on Saturday involving millions:

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