The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has stated that he does not know what bitcoin (BTC) is, and endorsed the suspension of a project that would create a crypto for indigenous people to use.
Bolsonaro supported the Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves in the termination of a project worth 44.9 million Brazilian reals ($11.5 million) between the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and the Federal Fluminense University (UFF), which promoted the creation of a cryptocurrency for indigenous people to use. Bolsonaro delivered his comments during an interview with Ratinho’s SBT show on June 4.
After saying that the Minister acted properly in blocking the project that “wanted to teach the Indian to use bitcoin,” the president was asked by a show participant if he knew what bitcoin was. Bolsonaro replied:
“I do not know what bitcoin is.”
Shortly after the speech, Bolsonaro rectified his statement and said that bitcoin was a “virtual currency.” The project offered by FUNAI and the UFF will purportedly neither receive financing and support, nor integrate bitcoin.