Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joins protest against coronavirus lockdown

By Jackie Salo | New York Post |

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – AFP via Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defied his own administration’s social distancing recommendations to join protesters against lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The right-wing leader, who was not wearing a face mask, addressed a tightly-packed crowd Sunday in front of the army’s headquarters in the capital city of Brasilia.

“I am here because I believe in you. You are here because you believe in Brazil,” said Bolsonaro, who referred to the dozens of protesters as “patriots.”

Protesters on Sunday rallied against the country’s Supreme Court, which has upheld lockdowns implemented by state governors, and against Congress, whose lawmakers have also defended quarantines.

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