The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes (PSD), contradicted the announcement made by the president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and stated that the September 7 parade will be held on Avenida Presidente Vargas, in the city centre.
Bolsonaro has been asking his supporters to take to the streets on Independence Day and announced that the event will take place on the edge of Copacapana. “We want to innovate in Rio de Janeiro. I know you wanted here [em São Paulo], but we want to innovate in Rio de Janeiro. At 4 pm on September 7, for the first time, our Armed Forces and our sisters, auxiliary forces, will be parading on Copacabana beach alongside our people”, said the president during the Republican party convention in São Paulo. .
Paes, in turn, stated that the Army requested that the parade be held at Presidente Vargas. “Event organized where the army requested and where it has always been done. That simple! Mayor here doesn’t work on tantrums or gossip. Political preferences and administration are different things. And the political positions here have always been clear,” he wrote on social media this Friday, 5.
On Saturday morning, the mayor spoke again about the matter and said he had not received any request for a change of location. “The Brazilian Army continues requesting to do in Presidente Vargas. That’s why we keep organizing there. If anyone asks for something different, I’ll let you know here,” he declared.
I’m going to draw: nobody – I repeat: NOBODY – asked to move the September 7th parade. The Brazilian Army continues requesting to do in Presidente Vargas. That’s why we keep organizing there! If anyone asks for something different, I’ll let you know here! Good Saturday! https://t.co/XXY1VsKHBS
— Eduardo Paes (@eduardopaes) August 6, 2022