Lula and Jair Bolsonaro do not comment on the 60th anniversary of the military coup on social media

Lula and Jair Bolsonaro do not comment on the 60th anniversary of the military coup on social media
Lula and Jair Bolsonaro do not comment on the 60th anniversary of the military coup on social media
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President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and former president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) were silent about the 1964 military coup on social media this Sunday, the 31st, and this Monday, the 1st. Easter, reducing the waiting list for hip surgery in the Unified Health System (SUS) and visiting Balneário Camboriú (SC) dominated the publications on the profiles of the two political opponents.

Imprisoned by the dictatorship in the 1980s and a constituent deputy, Lula had already stated that he did not want to “dwell on the past”. In February, the president said he was more concerned about the coup acts of January 8 last year than the 1964 coup.

The removal of President João Goulart from power, which involved civilians and military personnel and initiated the 21-year dictatorship that revoked political rights, tortured and killed opponents and censored the press, was ignored by the president. Instead, Lula made a post about Easter.

On X (formerly Twitter), the president recalled on Saturday, the 30th, the values ​​of the Christian holiday and also the hip surgery he underwent six months ago. In a video, he demanded that the Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, reduce the waiting list for the procedure in the SUS.

“I would like to wish you a good Easter, to your grandparents, to your mothers and fathers, to your children, to your children, and to tell you that together we will build a modern, supportive, fraternal nation and a fair nation for all the 203 million Brazilians who live here”, said Lula in the video.

On Sunday, the president shared, in Instagram stories, the Health Minister’s response about the surgery queue in the public system. Nísia Trindade said that “continuing to reduce waiting in SUS queues” is the “priority”. Lula also shared a publication from the Civil House about positive results in the country’s economy.

In addition to not taking a public stance on the coup, the president disallowed government actions that commemorate the date to avoid friction with the Armed Forces. Of the 38 ministers, seven repudiated the dictatorship and paid tribute to the people who died during the period, in publications on social media.

Former president Jair Bolsonaro, who considers the date a “great day of freedom” and has already demonstrated in support of the 1964 military coup, also did not post about the topic on social media. The former head of the Executive is investigated by the Federal Police (PF) for allegedly organizing an attempted coup d’état, to prevent Lula, elected in 2022, from taking office.

He wished his followers on social media a happy Easter and shared a video of his stay in Balneário Camboriú. He was received on Saturday by supporters in the city where his son, Jair Renan (PL), launched himself as a pre-candidate for the position of councilor.

In his political career, Bolsonaro has praised figures from the dictatorship several times in speeches and interviews, including Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the first soldier convicted of kidnapping and torture during the period. Called a “national hero” by the former president, Ustra was at the head of DOI-Codi during the period in which at least 45 deaths and forced disappearances were recorded there, according to a report prepared by the National Truth Commission (CNV).


The article is in Portuguese

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