Jair Bolsonaro responded to the controversial statements of Alberto Fernández with an irony

The photo that Bolsonaro uploaded

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, responded to his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, who on Wednesday pronounced a phrase that generated a strong controversy. “Octavio Paz once wrote that the Mexicans left the Indians, the Brazilians left the jungle, but we Argentines came from the boats, "said the president at a ceremony in Buenos Aires.

 A few hours after Fernández's remarks, Bolsonaro posted a message on his Twitter account with the word “jungle” and a photo of him with a group of people from Brazilian native peoples.

 In turn, the Brazilian deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, one of the sons of President Jair Bolsonaro, refuted on Wednesday a phrase that the Argentine president Alberto Fernández mistakenly attributed to the Mexican writer Octavio Paz and stressed that the “only sinking ship is that of Argentina".

 By erroneously paraphrasing the Mexican writer in words that more closely match a song by the Argentine musician Litto Nebbia, the phrase pronounced by Fernández generated strong controversy in Brazil and was repudiated by Eduardo Bolsonaro, who replied from his Twitter account: “The president of Argentina stated that while its people came by boat from Europe, the Brazilians came from the jungle. Will they not say that it was RACIST against the indigenous and the Africans who formed Brazil? But I say: the sinking ship is Argentina's ”.

 Eduardo Bolsonaro's tweet with a video of the moment when Fernández pronounced the controversial phrase

 In the midst of the stir generated, Fernández himself turned to Twitter to answer and apologize "for whoever has felt offended or invisible."

 "It was stated more than once that 'we Argentines descend from the boats." In the first half of the 20th century, we received more than 5 million immigrants who lived with our native peoples. Our diversity is a source of pride, ”Fernández wrote. "I did not want to offend anyone, in any case, who has felt offended or invisible, since now my apologies," he concluded.

 Meanwhile, the Brazilian and Mexican media also echoed the repercussions. "The Argentine president says that the Brazilians came out of the jungle, their compatriots arrived by boat from Europe," headlined the local newspaper O Globo. Folha do Sao Paulo expressed itself in this vein: "Fernández says that the Brazilians came out of the jungle and the Argentines came by boat from Europe."

 The state media, on the other hand, was very critical when claiming that it was a “racist speech”: “The Brazilians came from the jungle and the Argentines, by boat from Europe, says Fernández in a racist speech”. But then the focus of the article changed when the Argentine president apologized for his controversial statements.

Fernández's phrase had a strong impact in the Brazilian and Mexican media

 In Mexico, the newspaper Milenio made mention of the mistake that Fernández made when trying to quote Octavio Paz, and also referred to criticism for "racism" against the Argentine president. “'Mexicans came out of the Indians': Alberto Fernández is wrong to quote Octavio Paz; They criticize him as ‘racist’ ”.

 "" The Mexicans came from the Indians, but we, the Argentines, arrived on ships from Europe ": Alberto Fernández," El Universal newspaper published on its front page.

 The president made that statement when referring to the waves of European immigrants that arrived in Argentina in the past - and that made up a large part of the identity of the country's society - and it did not go unnoticed on Twitter, where the labels "Alberto", "Octavio Paz", "national shame" and "Litto Nebbia" became a trend.

 With information from EFE


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