Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro does not mince words. On the eve of his ascension, the right-wing politician and former paratrooper announced over Twitter that he would issue an immediate decree easing gun laws and will work to “fight the Marxist trash” be says is being taught in Brazil’s classrooms, according to France24.
Bolsonaro coasts into office with a 75% approval rating that will undoubtedly make his agenda far easier to carry out.
On Saturday he tweeted that an imminent decree would make it much easier for adults over 25 to obtain firearms, as long as they have no criminal record. Bolsonaro says that allowing “good” people to own guns will discourage criminals, as well as reduce Brazil’s homicide rate after nearly 64,000 murders last year.
His opponents say this will usher in vigilante justice, while a Monday poll by the Datafolha institute found that 61% of Brazilians were against the idea.
Uma das metas para tirarmos o Brasil das piores posições nos rankings de educação do mundo é combater o lixo marxista que se instalou nas instituições de ensino. Junto com o Ministro de Educação e outros envolvidos vamos evoluir em formar cidadãos e não mais militantes políticos.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) December 31, 2018
Bolsonaro tweetd on Monday “One of the goals to take Brazil from the worst positions in the world’s education rankings is to combat the Marxist trash that has settled in educational institutions. Together with the Minister of Education and others involved we will evolve into forming citizens and no more political militants.” (translated) – READ MORE