Brazilian prez fined $100 for no-mask rally
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was fined $100 (Rs 7,323) for not wearing a mask and thus violating Covid-19 protocol in Sao Paulo state at a motorcycle rally for supporters. Thousands of bikers took part in the "Accelerate for Christ" rally in Sao Paulo, led by the far-right president, who wore an open-faced helmet and no mask, in violation of state health regulations.
Bolsonaro, who has been holding such rallies across Brazil in the run-up to the election next year, defied a prior warning from Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, a political rival, who had said the president would be fined if he failed to observe state regulations. Bolsonaro has repeatedly clashed with Doria and other governors over measures against Covid-19, which has claimed nearly 4,85,000 lives in Brazil, second only to the USThe president regularly criticises stay-at-home measures and face masks, instead promoting medications such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine despite studies showing they are not effective against Covid-19.
Addressing a giant crowd of flag-waving supporters, Bolsonaro renewed his comments against face masks, saying he planned to order mask requirements be lifted for people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
"Anyone who's against that doesn't believe in science. There's no way a vaccinated person can transmit the virus," he said.