This Monday (29) Chile convened the Brazilian ambassador in Santiago for consultations, in protest at statements made by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) against his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric.
In debate this Sunday night (28), organized by SheetUOL and TVs Bandeirantes e Cultura, the current president accused Boric of “burning the subway” in the 2019 protests.
Bolsonaro began by criticizing the dictatorship in Venezuela and the current Argentine president, Alberto Fernández. “Look where the economy of our Argentina is going,” he said, referring to the crisis in the neighboring country.
“Lula also supported the president of Chile, the same one who practiced acts of setting fire to subways there in Chile. Where is our Chile going?” Finally, Bolsonaro even extended the criticism to the Colombian Gustavo Petro.
The mention of Boric irritated Chilean diplomacy. “We consider these accusations very serious. They are obviously absolutely false and we regret that in an electoral context, bilateral relations are taken advantage of and polarized through disinformation and fake news,” said Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola.
“We summon the Brazilian ambassador to the chancellery this afternoon on behalf of the secretary general of foreign policy, where we will send him a note of protest.”