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Source: Reuters

June 12, 2021
5:50 PM CDT

Eduardo Simões Gabriel Stargardter

3 minute read

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts after participating in a motorcade rally amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Avener Prado

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking to a rally of bikers on Saturday, said he could count on police officers "whatever happens," as he once again sought to court cops amid stark political politicization ahead of next year's election.

Appearing alongside thousands of motorcycle-riding supporters in Sao Paulo, the far-right former army captain said the country's state military police forces serve as a support to what he dubbed "my army."

"You are auxiliary to the Armed Forces. I'm sure that, in compliance with law and order, by complying with constitutional provisions, we will be together, whatever happens," Bolsonaro said.

With nearly 490,000 people killed during the pandemic and tensions growing in Latin America's biggest country, Bolsonaro has been seeking the support of Brazil's roughly half a million officers. Brazil's Health Ministry reported 2,037 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, and 78,700 new cases.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/after-biker-rally-brazils-bolsonaro-says-cops-will-support-him-whatever-happens-2021-06-12/?rpc=401&

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