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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:36 AM

Virus Has Brazil's Bolsonaro Facing 'Governor' Insurrection

Source: Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s governors on Wednesday rebelled against President Jair Bolsonaro’s call for life to return to pre-coronavirus normalcy, saying his proposal to reopen schools and businesses runs counter to recommendations from health experts and endangers Latin America’s largest population.

State governors, many of whom have adopted strict measures to limit gatherings in their regions, defied the president’s instructions in a nationwide address Tuesday evening that they lift the restrictions and limit isolation only to the elderly and those with longstanding health problems. The governors weren’t the only defiant ones.

Virus plans challenged by Bolsonaro were upheld by the Supreme Court. The heads of both congressional houses criticized his televised speech. Companies donated supplies to state anti-virus efforts. And even some of his staunch supporters joined his detractors. In a videoconference Wednesday between Bolsonaro and governors from Brazil’s southeast region, Sao Paulo Gov. João Doria threatened to sue the federal government if it attempted to interfere with his efforts to combat the virus, according to video of their private meeting reviewed by The Associated Press.

“We are here, the four governors of the southeast region, in respect for Brazil and Brazilians and in respect for dialogue and understanding,” said Doria, who supported Bolsonaro’s 2018 presidential bid. “But you are the president and you have to set the example. You have to be the representative to command, guide and lead this country, not divide it.” ...


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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:47 AM

1. Good for them. I expect to see the same thing happen to DT if he decodes to reopen parts of the US

to improve his economy.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:05 AM

2. So many will die in Brazil because of Bolsonaro's trumpian idiocy. nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:45 AM

3. It's amazing and instructional to watch this play out in America where....

the officials at the bottom in the trenches (mayors, city managers, etc.) are doing all the nasty work in dealing with this disaster and turning out to be our heroes. When they are assisted with a strong liberal governor, we have a winning combination and Trump be damned.

I think most of our Federal agencies are supporting those efforts as best they can, again despite Trump and his administration.

If nothing else good comes out of this, strengthening of our community and state organizations and local spirit appears to be happening before our eyes. It certainly has in parts of Kentucky.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:34 AM

4. I've seen a lot of this around the world lately

even in the US and India the state governors and city mayors are more sensible than the president

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:50 AM

5. This is so eerily like our own country. Pres Turd trying to kill people, Guvs pushing back.

Cuomo looks like the de facto President now.

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