Bolsonaro lies and distorts data in speech in the

President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party) distorted data and lied during a speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, this Tuesday (21).

After drawing attention to circulating in New York without being vaccinated, the Brazilian head of State officially declared at the opening of the event that “the resources for inspection, in Organs environmental agencies, were doubled. And the results are already beginning to show.”

In April, the government approved a 24% cut in the environment budget for 2021 compared to last year.

Bolsonaro also lied about deforestation data in the Amazon in August. He spoke of a 32% reduction compared to the same month in 2020. According to Imazon, there was an increase of 7%, a record since 2012.

“No country in the world has environmental legislation as complete as ours. Our agriculture is sustainable and low carbon,” stated the Brazilian president.

The speech reinforced the internal political polarization.

“We were on the verge of socialism. I now present a new Brazil, with credibility recognized around the world”, said the president.

Bolsonaro also stated that “indigenous people wish to use their land for agriculture and other activities.”

About the pandemic, he said he always advocated “fighting the virus and unemployment with equal responsibility.”

For him, “the measures of lockdown left a legacy of inflation,” and people were “forced to stay at home” by mayors and governors.

Bolsonaro was forced to wear a mask on the premises of the building / John Minchillo / POOL / AFP

The speech lasted a total of 13 minutes.

Jair Bolsonaro valued the numbers of vaccinations in Brazil, although he never made a statement encouraging citizens to get immunized.

“I had initial treatment [contra a covid]. Our government is against mandatory vaccination,” he stressed.

“My government regained credibility, and today Brazil presents itself as one of the best destinations for investments.”*

Check out the full repercussion of the speech this Tuesday in Brasil de Fato.

Edition: Anelize Moreira

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