RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On the same day that President Jair Bolsonaro scheduled a barbecue at the Alvorada Palace, the National Congress decreed three-day mourning. On Saturday, May 9th, the National Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Congress, where a pro-Bolsonaro rally took place.
According to the decree signed by the presidents of the Senate and Congress, Davi Alcolumbre, and of the Chamber, Rodrigo Maia, "any celebrations, commemorations or festivities in the context of the National Congress decree are forbidden while the mourning period is in effect".
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