The campaign’s legal team Jair Bolsonaro is analyzing the propaganda electoral of Lula which shows excerpts from an interview given in 2016 by the president in which he says he would eat the human flesh of indian, to decide whether to activate the TSE.
Communications Minister Fábio Faria told Folha’s Panel column that the campaign will appeal to the Electoral Court because the PT used “fake news, a phrase out of context”. He, however, presented a non-existent version to try to explain Bolsonaro’s speech. [veja a íntegra da declaração abaixo].
“The president says that in the jungle you have a hard time, there are people who, by the law of survival, end up eating human, indigenous, animal flesh, anything. Then they cut just that part and put it in”, said Faria.
The head of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, took to social media to complain about the PT campaign, whom he supported until the last election.
“Cannibalism, Lula? Is that what you got? Since ‘genocidal’ didn’t stick, is President Bolsonaro cannibal? I thought they were going to beat despair and it would go down at election time last week. I was wrong. Lula, shame on you!”, wrote the minister.
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Bolsonaro’s statements in the interview that went viral this week, given to the then correspondent of the newspaper The New York Times, Simon Romero, took place in the context of his answers about the entry of immigrants and refugees in Brazil. The then deputy said that the country should not accept anyone who came to “want to impose their culture”.
He then cited an example from Haiti and said that he had been in the country years before and noticed the local misery. He reported seeing women offering for sex “without any hygiene”. “I didn’t eat, I don’t need it. If I need to, I’ll eat it,” he declared.
He then amended the story about the Indian who would have eaten. Read the full text of Bolsonaro’s report below:
“How I almost ate an Indian in Surucucu [Roraima] one time. I’ll tell you what an Indian eats. I’ll tell you, okay? I didn’t eat any food there, because the person stands on top of the pan shaking to avoid getting flies. If you stop for a second, it’s full of flies. I was in Surucucu once and then I started to see Indian women there carrying bananas on their backs and an Indian passing by cleaning his teeth with grass. I asked: ‘what’s going on?’ I saw a lot of people walking, right? ‘An Indian died and they are cooking’. They cook the Indian. It’s their culture. The body. “It’s to eat… cook for two, three days and eat with bananas. And then I wanted to see the Indian being cooked. Hence the guy: ‘if you go, you have to eat’. I said: ‘I eat!’. Hence, the entourage, nobody wanted to go… ‘Let’s go with me there’. Nobody wanted to go. Hence, as the entourage did not want to go, because they had to eat the Indian, they did not want to take me there alone. So I didn’t go. I would eat an Indian, no problem. It’s their culture. And I submitted to that, ok?”.
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