The far-right head of state took part in a motorcycle demonstration in Sao Paulo, without a mask, on Saturday afternoon.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was sentenced, Saturday, June 12, to a fine of 90 euros for having participated, without a mask or sanitary measures, in a demonstration of bikers. Thousands of bikers took part in the rally “Accelerate for Christ” in Sao Paulo. The far-right head of state led the procession with an open helmet and no mask, in violation of state regulations.
Jair Bolsonaro called for rallies across Brazil ahead of the 2022 presidential election. He ignored warnings from Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria, a political rival, who said the president would be fined if he did not obey state laws. The authorities have followed through on their threat. They announced that they had fined Jair Bolsonaro, his son Eduardo, a member of Congress, and the Minister of Infrastructure, for not wearing a mask and respecting social distancing measures during the rally.
The Brazilian president has repeatedly opposed Joao Doria and other governors over measures imposed to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed nearly 485,000 lives in Brazil. He regularly criticizes containment measures and the wearing of masks, and promotes drugs such as chloroquine, as studies show they are ineffective.