Brazilian gov't criticizes UN commissioner for comments on police violence

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian government on Wednesday criticized United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Chilean President Michele Bachelet for her words on police violence in Brazil.

In a statement, the government criticized Bachelet for her "disproportionate, unjustified" attention to Brazil's matters, noting that her office should be concerned with "more urgent matters".

In an interview in Geneva earlier in the day, Bachelet criticized police violence in Brazil, saying they killed almost 1,300 people in the first half of this year in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Brazil has been experiencing "a reduction in the civic and democratic spaces" over the past months, with attacks against human right defenders, she said.

Official discourse has been legitimizing executions in the country, she added, criticizing policies which may spread the message that policemen are above the law and can kill with no consequences.

In response, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro publicly criticized Bachelet, saying she is interfering with Brazil's matters and "defending criminals' and vagabonds' rights" by attacking "valorous" policemen in the country. Enditem

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