President Bolsonaro films himself at UK petrol station so he can show his shock at the price of fuel
Stunned Brazilian President Bolsonaro films himself at UK petrol station as he shares his shock over the price of fuel during visit to Queen’s funeral
- Bolsonaro stopped at a gas station in London and shared his shock
- Brazil’s president pointed to the electronic sign showing the price of fuel
- Some criticized Bolsonaro’s comparison, saying it is not fair
- The video was posted online the evening before the Queen’s funeral
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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro has used his trip to the UK for the Queen’s funeral to share his shock at the price of UK petrol.
The Brazilian president stopped at a gas station in London and posted a video about the cost of fuel.
Standing at a Shell garage in London’s Bayswater Road, Brazil’s controversial president pointed to the electronic sign displaying the price of 161.9p for a liter of unleaded.
Standing at a Shell petrol station in London’s Bayswater Road, Brazil’s controversial president pointed to the electronic sign showing the price of fuel
“I’m here in London, England and the price of petrol is £1.61, that’s about R$9.70 per litre,” he said.
Jair Bolsonaro has used his trip to the UK for the Queen’s funeral to share his shock at the cost of British petrol
In a video filmed by mobile phone, Bolsonaro said the price is ‘practically double the average of many Brazilian states’ and also claimed that fuel in Brazil is among the cheapest in the world.
“I’m here in London, England and the price of petrol is £1.61, that’s about R$9.70 per litre, he said.
“Our petrol is actually among the cheapest in the world,” he claimed.
The video was posted online the evening before the Queen’s funeral.
Some on social media criticized Bolsonaro’s claim, saying it is not a fair comparison as Brazil’s minimum wage is many times lower than Britain’s.
Prices in the UK have fallen in recent months from heights of almost £2 a pound. litres.
Brazil’s president has trumpeted a drop in fuel prices as he bids to win re-election next month.
The latest IPEC poll shows former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ahead with 47% to Bolsonaro’s 31%.
Bolsonaro was also accused of using his London trip to be pictured among world leaders in an attempt to boost his image and use it as a platform for his campaign.
The far-right president and a former army captain has enthusiastically courted the support of the military and has fronted it as a judge in the election, prompting fears he could seek armed intervention if he loses.
However, experts say that while Bolsonaro has the support of some in the military, it is highly unlikely that the institution would be involved in anything resembling a coup.
Bolsonaro, who openly admires Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, has drawn the army into politics on an unprecedented scale, appointing more than 6,000 active or retired members to jobs in his administration, right up to Vice President Hamilton Mourao, an army reserve general.
This mix of military and politics was on full display earlier this month when Brazil celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence from Portugal with the 67-year-old commander-in-chief presiding over a combination of military parades and campaign rallies of his supporters.
He spent a few seconds on the Queen’s legacy before turning to a speech on the election on Sunday, addressing supporters from the balcony of the Brazilian embassy in London. ,
He told the audience: ‘We are a country that does not want drug liberalization, that does not want to talk about the legalization of abortion and that does not accept ‘gender ideology’.’