SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Since taking office on January 1st, 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro has announced several measures that many say are dismantling the country’s councils and reducing society’s participation in important national institutions. Although this tendency has been seen in several areas, such as drugs, environment, and indigenous rights, the changes have hit the cultural sector especially hard.
“We want to wipe out the councils, extinguish the vast majority of them so that the government can function. We cannot be held hostage by councils, many of them occupied by people appointed by other governments,” said the president . . .