Brazil's Bolsonaro met with protests in Italy visit

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives for the G20 leaders acme successful Rome, Italy October 30, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

PISTOIA, Italy, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was met by jeering protesters erstwhile helium visted the Italian municipality of Pistoia connected Tuesday to wage homage to a warfare memorial dedicated to Brazilian soldiers killed successful World War Two.

The right-wing leader, who attended the Group of 20 acme successful Rome past weekend, has been criticized for accrued deforestation successful the Amazon nether his authorities and for his absorption of the COVID-19 pandemic. His opponents besides impeach him of dictatorial behaviour.

A tiny radical of supporters welcomed Bolsonaro astatine the monument portion astir 300 radical gathered successful the centre of Pistoia to rally against him.

Italian rightist person Matteo Salvini said helium was atrocious for the actions of the demonstrators.

"Honouring those who died should autumn extracurricular of the governmental debate," Salvini said.

Groups linked to leftist parties program to clasp a abstracted commemoration ceremonial to debar having to stock the infinitesimal with Salvini and Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian Expeditionary Force fought with Allied forces from 1944 to 1945, mostly successful Italy, the lone South American state to instrumentality portion successful World War Two. About 950 Brazilian servicemen were killed.

Clashes betwixt constabulary and protesters besides took spot connected Monday successful the bluish metropolis of Padua conscionable earlier Bolsonaro visited the city's Basilica, with h2o cannon utilized to interruption up the demonstration.

Earlier, Bolsonaro had been awarded the honorary citizenship successful adjacent Anguillara Veneta, the commencement municipality of immoderate of his ancestors.

Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, penning by Angelo Amante, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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