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The former president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, gathered thousands of followers today in São Paulo to show political muscle and defend himself against investigations into an alleged coup attempt.

Climbing onto a truck located in the middle of Paulista Avenue, the most emblematic of the city, Bolsonaro denied the existence of a coup plot, calling himself the victim of “persecution,” and criticizing the “abuses of some.”

“What is a blow?

"They are tanks in the street, they are weapons, they are conspiracy... None of that was done in Brazil," he defended himself before a crowd dressed in green and yellow, the colors of the flag, and who applauded him and shouted "myth" at each three sentences.

At the same time, he assured that "the minutes of a state of siege decree", supposedly drafted by Bolsonaro's advisors and on which the police investigations focus, is a mechanism protected by the Constitution and that, in any case, it finally does not was activated.

On the other hand, the far-right called to “pacify” the country and asked legislators to approve an amnesty for people convicted of invading the headquarters of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court in Brasilia on January 8, 2023.

However, he avoided explicitly charging against one of his favorite targets, the highest court, which already withdrew his passport at the beginning of the month and prohibited him from leaving the country in the framework of police investigations that also involve several generals and allies of the former president. .

Bolsonarism hoped to gather some 185,000 followers on Avenida Paulista after months of judicial setbacks, but the authorities had not given attendance figures until 5:30 p.m.

In a show of political muscle, the former first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, a handful of governors and mayors, as well as around a hundred legislators accompanied the far-rightist in the arena.

Unlike the measured tone used by Bolsonaro, the influential evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia did attack the Court and spoke about an alleged “evil engineering” to try to imprison the ultra leader, who has already been disqualified until 2030 for questioning the electronic ballot boxes. used in elections.

Malafaia warned that, if the court's magistrates order Bolsonaro to be imprisoned, "it will not be for his (former president's) destruction, but for theirs."

(Taken from El Español)