During an event with the military on Wednesday (September 1), President Jair Bolsonaro released yet another of his phrases from the platform: “Whoever wants peace must prepare for war.” The statement, which in itself would be irresponsible when said by someone who commands a democratic and historically peaceful nation, is even more abject given the fact that the day before the IPEA released the Atlas of Violence. In the report, the observation that Brazil has never been so violent against its own citizens.
According to the study, between 2009 and 2019, more than 623,000 Brazilians were murdered. It is as if, in 11 years, the country had eliminated the entire population of Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso. Of this total, 333 thousand (53%) were young people and adolescents aged between 15 and 29 years; 50 thousand women; and about 2,000 were Indians. In 70% of these cases, the crime was committed with a firearm. And the president is asking people to buy rifles instead of beans.