File photo of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. AP
Recently, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used his invitation to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK to upload a video in which he brags about how cheap fuel is in Brazil compared to the price of fuel in London.
In the video, he stands at a London gas station and points out that the price of fuel in London is twice as high as in many Brazilian states. He went on to say that Brazil has the cheapest fuel in the world. In the video, the electronic scoreboard shows that the price of fuel is £1.61. The clip was released the night before the Queen’s funeral.
This video was posted on Twitter by user sky news with the caption: “The President of Brazil used his trip to the UK for the Queen’s funeral to stop at a gas station and release a video about the cost of fuel.”
The user has indicated that elections are due in Brazil, so he is trying to win votes by claiming to have lowered fuel prices. The user added that the base wage in Brazil is low, so the price of fuel for its citizens is high.
Elections are coming up in Brazil 🇧🇷 he is trying to win votes by saying that he has lowered the cost of petrol here in Brazil but in fact the base wage in Brazil is only about £130 a month. A liter of gasoline here is 76r and it’s expensive.
— Steven Reeve (@SteveR45907587) September 20, 2022
The video drew a lot of criticism and some people even compared it to Donald Trump, calling it the “Brazilian Trump” in the comments section.
Some users also said that the President of Brazil, with his video, shows disrespect for the Queen and the UK.
He doesn’t respect the Queen and the UK at this time and he’s a big idiot
— Lisa McNab (@6d75554a3afe4ec) September 20, 2022
The commenter wrote that he should not have been invited to the funeral and that he would hopefully leave the office in a month.
This far-right clown shouldn’t have been invited here. I hope he will be out of the office in a month
— RealSK (@StratTwo) September 20, 2022
One person stated that £1.61 was not a high price for fuel and that it was much cheaper than in many areas outside of central London.
Is £1.61 a lot? It’s actually cheaper than many areas outside of central London.
— @d_shärpś (@ad_sharps) September 20, 2022
The user wrote that the price of gasoline is cheap compared to where he lives.
It’s cheap compared to where I am
— Brutal Deluxe (@BrutalDeluxe6) September 20, 2022
One person said that the price was lower than what he pays for a liter of fuel and that he did not live in wealthy areas of the UK. He added that the price is much lower for those people who have the money to pay for it.
It’s cheaper per liter than I pay. I don’t live in one of the wealthiest parts of the UK. I see the cost is much lower for those who have the money to pay for it. Outrageous!! #Enough is enough #Energy Crisis
— TheBigMop 🏴 ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ ─ 💙💛 (@TheBigMop75) September 20, 2022
Brazilians will vote for their president in October. For the first time, the only two candidates with a realistic chance of winning are the incumbent and former president Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, also known as Lula.