Brazilian samba school dancer wears Nazi uniform in protest of new president
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Brazilian samba school dancer wears Nazi uniform in protest of new president

‘We always repudiate it when someone associates the crimes committed during Nazism with some fact of everyday life,’ Sao Paulo Jewish federation says

Brazilian samba school dancer rehearsing for the Carnival parade is a cross between Adolf Hitler and new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. (Courtesy/Ismael Toledo via JTA)
Brazilian samba school dancer rehearsing for the Carnival parade is a cross between Adolf Hitler and new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. (Courtesy/Ismael Toledo via JTA)

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – A dancer at a Brazilian samba school wore a traditional presidential inauguration belt over a Nazi uniform during a rehearsal session for the upcoming Carnival parade.

The Aguia de Ouro school dancer who impersonated a mixed figure of Adolf Hitler with a reference to Brazil’s new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday in Sao Paulo also wore a swastika on an armband and carried a rifle and a baton.

The performance was recorded on video, photographed and reported by the Carnavalesco website, which specializes in news about the Carnival, which will be held in early March.

“We always repudiate it when someone associates the crimes committed during Nazism with some fact of everyday life. The Holocaust is something very sensitive to the Jewish community around the world and to all who have suffered through this barbarism,” read a note released by the Sao Paulo Jewish federation on Sunday.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, flanked by his Vice President Hamilton Mourao, waves the national flag from the Planalto Presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The samba school’s president in a phone call apologized to Jewish officials, according to the federation. “This was an isolated attitude of a member that took the opportunity to personally promote himself. We have already taken the necessary steps to prevent it from happening,” the school’s president said.

The Nazi character was performing in an area designed for one of the samba school’s floats, which may indicate that it will bring a critical message of Brazilian politics and society. Aguia de Ouro’s theme for this year’s parade is: “Brazil, I want to talk about you! What country is this?”

Controversial Carnival floats involving Jews and the Holocaust are not rare in both the Rio and Sao Paulo parades. In most cases, Jewish officials have been successful in removing the anti-Semitic figures or floats before the parades, which are televised to billions across the world.

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