- Jul 4, 2020
Church leaders have come under increasing attack in Brazil, as the country’s polarization gets worse under conservative President Jair Bolsonaro’s controversial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A video conference between the managers of Catholic television and radio stations in Brazil and President Jair Bolsonaro on May 21 has spurred strong reaction of the the country’s bishops’ conference.
As COVID-19 reached remote indigenous lands in Brazil’s Amazon, the government agency responsible for protecting native people brushed off calls for action, focusing instead on waging ideological battles, according to agents from the institution itself and others.
Church-backed agencies are accusing the Brazilian government of doing very little to protect the country’s indigenous population from being contaminated by COVID-19 and say new government measures could increase the number of farmers and loggers invading indigenous territory.