Bolsonaro Calls on Supporters to Warn Brasil's Judiciary
The Brazilian president calls for a demonstration to oppose 2 Supreme Court judges who accused him of spreading false information about the elections.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that the demonstrations, scheduled for September 7, will serve as a warning for two Supreme Court justices with whom he has been put on strength test of a couple of weeks.
One or two people dragging the country in another direction is not acceptable, Bolsonaro said referring to the two judges of the Brazilian Supreme Court, Alexandre de Moraes, and Luis Roberto Barroso.
The right-wing leader then addressed his supporters, saying that the demonstrations planned for next Tuesday will be an opportunity to send a warning message to the previously mentioned folks, telling them that they must respect the constitution, freedom and that they should be aware that they are on the wrong track.
Judge Moraes had begun an investigation into the president on grounds of spreading false information and had ordered a crackdown on the offices of some of the president's supporters on suspicion of organizing or sponsoring anti-democratic protests.
On Friday, Moraes went even further, issuing an arrest warrant for Wellington Macedo, a Bolsonaro supporter suspected of plotting violent protests on September 7, Brazil's Independence Day.
Judge Luis Roberto Barroso, who also serves as the head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, has taken a firm stance against the president on the topic of electronic voting.
On Tuesday, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will take part in pro-government protests, hoping for a large turnout that will extend across the country on Independence Day, as a show of strength to his followers amid the country's institutional crisis.
Claiming that he was supposed to have been elected in the first round in 2018, the president routinely denounces electoral fraud without giving any evidence. He regularly referred to Barroso as an idiot.
Bolsonaro also expressed doubts about the 2022 presidential elections. He stated earlier in July that either real elections or no elections will be held in Brazil.
After supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in January, Bolsonaro warned that if Brazil went ahead with its electronic voting system in 2022, the country would face a worse problem than that of the US.