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The Independent

Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of turning London go to to Queen’s funeral right into a political rally

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro held an impromptu election rally by delivering an open-air marketing campaign speech in London, the place he had come to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Brazilians go the polls on October 2, with Bolsonaro extensively tipped to get replaced by political rival and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

However the controversial Bolsonaro used the journey to London to attempt to sway undecided voters of his worldwide gravitas by taking his political message on the highway.

Chatting with about 200 supporters gathered exterior the Brazilian Embassy in Mayfair, Bolsonaro insisted the polls have been unsuitable — and that he may win outright within the first spherical.

“Our flag will at all times be in these colors — inexperienced and yellow. Our motto is God, nation, household and freedom,” the right-wing chief mentioned from an embassy balcony.

He later visited Westminster Corridor, the place the queen is mendacity in state, accompanied by First Girl Michelle Bolsonaro and evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia.

Bolsonaro declared three days of nationwide mourning in Brazil after the demise of Britain’s 96-year-old monarch and the funeral will likely be Bolsonaro’s first official go to to the UK. He met the brand new monarch, King Charles III, throughout a visit to Japan in 2019.

On the time, Bolsonaro described Charles, a eager environmentalist, as “an individual who, like the remainder of the world, is unsuitable in regards to the Amazon”.

Bolsonaro’s administration is incessantly accused by environmentalists of not working to place a halt to deforestation within the Amazon area and ignoring environmental crimes there.

Some Brazilians criticized his use of a funeral journey for politicking.

“It’s an absolute shame for Brazil,” mentioned lawmaker Joice Hasselmann, a former Bolsonaro backer, on her social media channels. “He reworked the queen’s funeral right into a rally.”

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