Bolsonaro films his shock at UK petrol prices on trip for Queen’s funeral

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for filming a video in which he expressed his shock over UK petrol prices for the Queen’s state funeral.

The controversial leader shot the clip in an attempt to revive his flagged re-election campaign.

Critics accused him of using his funeral visit for political purposes, saying such tactics were “disrespectful” to the late British monarch.

As part of this campaigning, the former army captain was filmed holding a sign showing the price of petrol in a shell forecourt on Bayswater Road in London.

In a video posted online on Sunday, he said the cost of 161.9p per liter is “practically twice the average of many Brazilian states”.

“Our gasoline is really the cheapest in the world,” he claimed then.

Commentators argued that this is not a fair comparison, as the Brazilian minimum wage is much lower than in the UK.

On Sunday, Mr Bolsonaro took the opportunity to address 200 supporters from the balcony of the Brazilian embassy in London.

After making a few brief remarks about the queen, he turned his attention to the upcoming election.

“We are a country that doesn’t want drug liberalization, that doesn’t want to talk about legalizing abortion and that doesn’t accept ‘gender ideology,'” he told the crowd.

Less than two weeks until Brazil’s election, the 67-year-old is far behind her leftist rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the polls.

An IPEC poll published on Monday estimated that he is likely to get 31 percent of the vote in the first round of the vote on October 2, compared to his opponent’s 47 percent.

Mr Bolsonaro, however, refused to accept the vote on Sunday, telling people gathered outside the London embassy that he could still win outright in the first round.

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