Argentine President Alberto Fernández’s statement that Brazilians came from the jungle provoked reactions among deputies and senators this Wednesday (4) in Brasília.
The president of the Senate CRE (Committee on Foreign Affairs), Kátia Abreu (PP-TO), compared Fernández with president Jair Bolsonaro (no party).
“I will not comment on what the Buenos Aires Bolsonaro vomited. Brazil and Argentina are suffering from the same disease. Just madness and prejudice,” he published on a social network. Soon after, the senator deleted the publication.
During a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Buenos Aires, the Argentine president said that “the Mexicans came from the indigenous people, the Brazilians from the jungle, and we arrived in boats.”
“These were boats that came from Europe,” he said, pointing to Sánchez. Afterwards, he endorsed: “My [sobrenome] Fernández is proof of that.”
In the Chamber, deputy Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG), who presides over the CRE of the House, stated that Fernández was worried about pleasing the Spanish prime minister and showing “subservience to Europe”.
“The prejudiced statement made by President Fernandéz is regrettable. The derogatory tone that reproduces a colonialist, backward and outdated vision of history deserves repudiation,” he said.
“We Brazilians are very proud and respectful of our origins in the same way that Argentines should have their own diversity,” he said.
Aécio also said that the Argentine president does not mind “trying to belittle his neighbors in Latin America.”
Eduardo Braga (MDB-TO), deputy government leader in the Senate, also criticized the statement.
“I think he quickly became heir to the treatment given to Hugo Chávez at the UN. Why don’t you shut up?!” he said in reference to the speech of today’s King Emeritus of Spain Juan Carlos, in 2007, to Hugo Chávez.
Also on a social network, senator Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI) said that the demonstration by Fenández explains why Nazis went into hiding in the neighboring country.
“After reading the leaf the declaration of left-wing Argentine president Fernández about Brazilians coming from the jungle and Argentines by boat from Europe, I came to understand better why after World War II, Nazi war criminals hid in Argentina,” he wrote.
O deputado Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), filho do presidente, republicou no Twitter o vídeo com a fala de Fernández e provocou: “Não dirão que foi RACISTA contra indígenas e africanos que formaram o Brasil?”. And completed with “the boat that is sinking is that of Argentina”.
Wanted, Palácio do Planalto and Itamaraty did not respond.