Lula da Silva fears a "genocide" in Brazil, blames Bolsonaro

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he fears a "genocide" in Brazil because of fierce opposition to coronavirus containment measures by current President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he said should be impeached.  In an interview with AFP by video conference from his home near Sao Paulo, Lula, a hero of the Brazilian left, who served as president from 2003 to 2010, attacked the far-right leader who now holds the office.

Lula was jailed after his term on corruption charges that he says were trumped up to keep him from running for president again.

He accused Bolsonaro of steering Brazil toward "chaos" with his calls to reopen the economy despite the country emerging as one of those hardest hit by the new coronavirus worldwide, with nearly 14,000 deaths so far. Speaking about the political tension between the president and the governors and lawmakers who have insisted on social distancing, Lula said that now the administration was turning anyone who worried about coronavirus into an enemy.

According to him, Bolsonaro have committed high crimes with coronavirus crisi and deserves impeachment. “But I think the movement for impeachment should come from somewhere other than a political party, to avoid any ideological connotation," Lula stressed.

Brazil, the hardest-hit country in Latin America, registered on Thursday a daily record of 13,944 new cases, bringing its total to 202,918 confirmed cases of the virus and 13,933 deaths since the outbreak began, according to health ministry data.

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