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In Brazil, twenty-one scientists deny the medal against Jair Bolsanaro

The National Order of Scientific Merit was established in Brazil in 1992 to recognize authors of the most important contributions to science and technology. It is a matter of pride to receive this honor, the highest award in the country.

Twenty-one scientists, however, refused to receive their valuable medals on Saturday, November 6th. They objected to the selection of Jair Bolzano on the list of recipients of this distinction. The far-right president actually appointed 25, and two days later removed two eminent scientists from the list.

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One of them was Marcus Lazerta, who conducted one of the first studies on the ineffectiveness of chloroquine against Govit-19, although Mr. It has long been argued by Bolzano. The other is Adele Bensacon, who was removed from the post of head of the HIV / AIDS department at the Brazilian Ministry of Health when Jair Bolzano became president in 2019.

“Protest against us”

“This is another clear indication of the persecution of scientists.”, 21 protesters wrote in an open letter, which they also condemned “Strategy for a systematic attack on science and technology” From the current Brazilian government.

By “We are saddened by this protest.”, These scientists say they reveal “Anger at the destruction of the Brazilian university system and science and technology in general”.

Jair Bolsanaro has come under heavy criticism from the scientific community for his cuts to the research and technology budget, his continued rejection of scientific results and the spread of misinformation, especially in relation to Covit-19.

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In addition to his call for the use of chloroquine to treat the disease, the president ignored the recommendations of experts regarding the use of protective masks or imprisonment to control the epidemic, despite evidence of its ineffectiveness.

In an interview with Agency France-Press, Mr.Me Benzaken s’est dite “Very respectable” By the decision of her colleagues to deny their medals in the face of what she described as treatment “Not very neat” Government towards him and his colleague Marcus Lazerta. “This is the greatest honor of all.”, She added.

World with AFP