With nine votes in favor, three against and the fourth component of minorities left the courtroom, the city council of Anguillara Veneta, in the province of Padova, approved the granting of honorary citizenship a Jair Bolsonaro, president of the Brazil. Regardless of the controversy and the invitations to review the decision also coming from some Italian missionaries in Brazil, the mayor Alessandra Buoso did not retrace its steps: “Citizenship is conferred on the president as a delegate of a people elected democratically by the people he now represents, but symbolically it is conferred on an entire nation, Brazil,” he said. He explained how the Bolsonaro family roots in Padua sink into the past. The family, which still lives in Anguillara, has a surname with a “z”, which in Brazil has changed to an “s”. In recent months, the municipal administration had sent to President Bolsonaro, through diplomatic channels, the genealogical research that shows how his paternal grandfather, Angelo Bolsonaro, was born in Brazil. The parents of the latter were both Italians: Vittorio Bolzonaro, later known as João Bolsonaro, was born on April 12, 1878 in Anguillara. In the village now they hope that Bolsonaro will be able to pay a visit to the borders between the provinces of Padua and Rovigo when in a few days he will come to Rome to participate in the G20.
The vote took place during an incredibly crowded city council held in the library. In recent days, a Commission of Inquiry of the Brazilian Parliament has asked for the indictment of the president for crimes against humanity, due to the management and underestimation of the pandemic. Institutional denial would be the cause of the death of a part of the 900 thousand citizens killed by Covid. This is also why a group of Brazilians arrived in Anguillara from Peschiera del Garda and testified to the inappropriateness of the decision. Among others, he was also present Dario Marini, regional secretary of the Italian Communist Party, who said: “Giving citizenship to Bolsonaro is like giving the Nobel Prize to a NoVax doctor”. Also present were exponents of the Communist Refoundation and militants of the Anpi,
The vote took place just as a letter from the mayor of Anguillara arrived from Brazil Coordination of Italian missionaries in Brazil, with the signature of four priests and a lay missionary. “As Italian citizens who have been working for years in the service of the people and the Brazilian Catholic Church, we feel deeply embittered and bewildered. We ask ourselves for what merits? As a man who for years, and continuously, dishonors his country can receive honor in Italy? ”. Their judgment is very severe: “He is a president who is massacring the lives of the people, especially the poorest; has created an anti-Covid policy (and still continues to have a denier and vaccine policy) that has produced thousands of deaths, favors the destruction and sells off the lands ofAmazonia. How can a president who collaborates with the destruction of the Amazon rainforest receive honors in a nation that fights for the preservation of the planet? ”. They also draw the existence of a clash with ecclesial structures. “Bolsonaro supports explicit contempt and vulgar offenses against the Catholic Episcopate, represented by the National Conference. Because of his way of acting, he cannot be recognized as an ‘Italian citizen’ “. But the appeal went unheeded. The regional councilor Arturo Lorenzoni, spokesman for minorities, commented: “I agree with what was declared by the Italian missionaries: honorary citizenship is a slap in the face of the values of the Constitution”.