Ex-President Lula describes COVID-19 deaths as ‘biggest genocide in Brazil history’

Former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday in a scathing attack on current leader Jair Bolsonaro, described the country’s over 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus as the ‘biggest genocide’ in the Latin American country’s history

“On Tuesday, 3158 people died of coronavirus in Brazil. It’s the biggest genocide in our history,” Lula told Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly, adding that Bolsonaro had lied to the Brazilian people about the pandemic.

“We must save Brazil from Covid-19,” the former president added, saying that “Brazil will not withstand it if this man continues to govern in this way”.

Lula has called on Bolsonaro to apologise to the families of victims, as Brazil crossed 300,000 deaths.

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More than 12 million people in total have been infected in Brazil, including the virus-sceptical far-right President Bolsonaro.

The country has seen record daily infections in the last week and thousands of deaths per day, blamed on a local variant of the virus that is believed to be more contagious.

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