Brazilian president fined again for not wearing a mask

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was fined for violating anti-coronavirus restrictions.

He took part in a biker rally in Sao Paulo on 11 June and did not wear a protective mask.

Now, according to DW, the head of state will have to pay a fine of almost 90 euros. The president’s son and infrastructure minister were also fined the same amount.

Jair Bolsonaro was already fined when he rallied in the state of Maranhão. He was punished again for failing to comply with the obligation to wear a mask and for contributing to the gathering of more than 100 people without health controls.

The Brazilian president opposes the quarantine because of the spread of the coronavirus, and self-isolation, he said, is “a manifestation of weakness”.

EADaily reported that numerous protest marches were held across Brazil on 29 May against Bolsonaro’s policies during the pandemic. Their participants wore masks, but the protesters did not keep a social distance in all cities. They demanded a vaccination against coronavirus infection, the return of a social assistance programme during the pandemic and called for the resignation of the president.

The demonstrations were peaceful in most towns but in Recife, the capital of the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

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