The images that circulate on social networks generated the repudiation of the official who assured that “the apology of Nazism is a crime” and “it is not about freedom of expression”
Supporters of the Brazilian extreme right made Nazi salutes during the mobilizations in Brazil, which were condemned by the German ambassador in the country (Twitter: @MundoEConflicto)
The The German ambassador in Brasilia, Heiko Thoms, expressed his repudiation this Thursday towards the Nazi salutes by the far-right protesters in the last few hours.
The images began to circulate on social networks and show a group of people in Santa Catarinawearing green and yellow t-shirts along with the Brazilian flag and making the Nazi salute. The event took place in the midst of the roadblocks and rallies that the supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro have deployed throughout the country last Monday morning, demanding a new scrutiny after the elections that gave winner to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
“The use of Nazi and fascist symbols by clearly far-right 'demonstrators' is profoundly shocking. The apology of Nazism is a crime ”, he condemned in a message on his Twitter account.
In turn, the official explained that these actions are not a matter of “freedom of expression” but rather an “attack on democracy and the rule of law in Brazil.”
“This gesture disregards the memory of the victims of Nazism and the horrors caused”, he added.
Tweet by Heiko Thoms, German ambassador in Brasilia, in repudiation to Nazi salutes from Bolsonar supporters (Twitter: @AmbBrasilia)
Despite the fact that Thoms did not explicitly mention the images of the far-right rallies, his statements were made after the facts were known in which, in turn, the protesters called for the intervention of the military forces b> to prevent the “return of communism”.
“Armed forces save Brazil” and “The The people, united, will never be defeated” were some of the phrases chanted by the crowds gathered in front of the Eastern Military Command in Rio de Janeiro -one of the eight regional army headquarters-.
For his part, after these events took place, the president of the Brazilian Association of Defense Studies remarked that “in a democracy, the armed forces have no voice in the electoral process.”
Bolsonaro protesters call for federal intervention to prevent the President from power (REUTERS)
Since Sunday night, Brazil has been experiencing convulsive days with demonstrations in its streets. These situations were intensified by the prolonged silence of Bolsonaro, who remained away from the public sphere until Tuesday afternoon, when he reappeared before the media to deliver a brief address.
In his speech, the president did not acknowledge his defeat or congratulate his opponent on the victory. However, his chief of staff Ciro Nogueira clarified after his appearance that he had authorized the beginning of the process of transfer of command with the new cabinet.
Jair Bolsonaro authorized the beginning of the process of transfer of command, which began this Thursday with meetings of both cabinets in Brasilia (REUTERS)
In this sense, this Thursday the first meetings of both teams took place in Brasilia, which are already coordinating the transition -with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin and close officials at the head of it-.
Among other issues, the leaders of the Party of Workers (PT) are already negotiating the budget bill for 2023 as well as exceptional measures regarding the money earmarked for nado for social assistance (Bolsa Familia) -one of Lula's star programs during his past administrations and one of his main campaign promises-.
(With information from Europa Press)