Brazil’s Supreme Court Chief Justice’s full statement on Bolsonaro’s speech

Federal Supreme Court (STF) Chief Justice Luiz Fux said Wednesday that one must beware of "false prophets of patriotism" and warned that threatening to disregard court rulings is an impeachable offense, subject to review by Congress.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The statement came in the wake of the Sept. 7 protests, in which President Jair Bolsonaro espoused a brash agenda and sharply criticized the Supreme Court.

Speaking emphatically, Fux said that "no one will shut down the Court" and that this kind of discourse is typical of those who spread the "politics of chaos."

The Justice also said that insulting the honor of Supreme Court Justices, instigating hate speech, and encouraging non-compliance with court rulings - as Bolsonaro did on the holiday - "are anti-democratic and illegal practices" which cannot be tolerated by the Constitution.

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