Brazil Court Calls Jair Bolsonaro Threats «Attack On Democracy».

Brazil Court Calls Jair Bolsonaro Threats 'Attack On Democracy'

Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly hit out at the high court (File)

Braslia, Brazil:

Brazil's Supreme Court hit back Wednesday at criticism and threats by President Jair Bolsonaro, warning him against trying to violate its rulings and accusing him of an "attack on democracy."

Bolsonaro has repeatedly hit out at the high court, which has ordered investigations of him and his inner circle, notably over accusations of systematically spreading fake news from within the government.

The far-right leader upped his rhetoric at huge Independence Day rallies by his supporters Tuesday, vowing not to respect rulings by Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who has jailed several Bolsonaro allies and ordered the president investigated himself.

"The Supreme Court will not tolerate threats to the authority of its decisions," said Luiz Fux, chief justice of the 11-member court.

"Besides representing an attack on democracy, such an attitude constitutes a 'crime of responsibility'," he said -- an impeachable offense.

Bolsonaro portrayed himself at Tuesday's rallies as the victim of hostile high court judges and electoral authorities, whom he accuses of attacking him and blocking his agenda.

Hardline supporters urged the military to intervene against the other branches of government to give Bolsonaro unfettered power, and the president himself warned of ominous "consequences" if the Supreme Court stood in his way.

"This court will never accept threats to its independence," Fux shot back.

"No one will close this court."

Bolsonaro sought to flex his political muscle with Tuesday's rallies, at a time when polls place him on track to lose Brazil's October 2022 elections to leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Firing up his supporters with vows to defend their "freedom," he railed against the high court and renewed his attacks on Brazil's electronic voting system, which he insists -- without evidence -- is plagued by fraud.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Power Player of the Week: Jay Glazer

Power Player of the Week: Jay Glazer

Fox Sports analyst and NFL insider Jay Glazer is the Power Player of the Week on ‘Fox News Sunday.' #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news s...

Kabul Women Demand Rights As Mayor Tells Them To Stay Home.

Kabul Women Demand Rights As Mayor Tells Them To Stay Home.

“Women are scared that 20 years of people's, especially women's achievements and progress will be destroyed,” said women rights activist Marzia Ahmadi.» Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative ...

Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) - September 19th, 2021.

Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) - September 19th, 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci breaks down the state of the booster shot debate. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) discusses whether the GOP’s tent is big enough for Trump dissenters. Anna Palmer, Jeff Mason, Rich Lowry and María Teresa Kumar join the Meet the Press r...

Texas AG slams Biden on border crisis, saying 'he created this' and 'gave that incentive'.

Texas AG slams Biden on border crisis, saying 'he created this' and 'gave that incentive'.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton slammed Biden on the border crisis, saying his policy has enabled the ongoing crisis. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all...

Rep. Kevin Brady: Texas has never seen so many migrants

Rep. Kevin Brady: Texas has never seen so many migrants

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, reacts to more than 14,000 illegal immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas this week. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-...

FDA panel recommends some Americans get COVID booster shot.

FDA panel recommends some Americans get COVID booster shot.

An independent FDA panel recommended this week that some Americans, including those over the age of 65 and those who are at risk of serious disease, get the COVID-19 booster shot. But the panel stopped short of recommending it for the general publ...