Brazil’s Bolsonaro defends use of guns to ‘guarantee democracy’

The statement was made at the inauguration of sections of the BR-101/SE freeway in Propriá (SE) and at a time when the president, who is running for a new term, is accused by his opponents of preparing his speech to try to "dissolve" the elections this year in case of defeat.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "The firearm is not only a security for families but also a security for our national sovereignty and the guarantee that our democracy is preserved," the president said.

Conservative President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday defended the use of firearms to ensure democracy in the country. "The firearm not only provides security for families but also for our national sovereignty and the guarantee that our democracy is preserved. Regardless of what means we must someday use. Our democracy and our freedom are not negotiable," the president said.

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