Brazil's right-wing government asks schools to read president's slogan

Image: Jair Bolsonaro, 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Da
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 22, 2019. Copyright Arnd Wiegmann
By Reuters with NBC News World News
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President Jair Bolsonaro has openly praised the 1964-85 dictatorship.


BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil's new right-wing government requested on Monday that schools film their students singing the national anthem and that a message including President Jair Bolsonaro's campaign slogan be read aloud to classes.

Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez sent a letter to schools requesting that teachers submit videos to the ministry of the readings and singing, according to a ministry statement.

"Brazilians! Let us greet new times in Brazil and celebrate responsible and quality education being developed in our schools by teachers, for the benefits of you, the students, who constitute the new generation," the message to be read aloud says.

The message concludes with "Brazil above everything, God above everyone," Bolsonaro's campaign slogan.

Bolsonaro has vowed to eliminate perceived leftist influence in schools, including sex education and political debate, after the Workers Party ruled for 13 of the last 15 years.

Many activists and non-government organizations are also concerned about growing authoritarianism under Bolsonaro, who has openly praised the 1964-85 dictatorship.

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