Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused the former Chilean leader and current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, of "following Macron's line in meddling in domestic affairs and Brazilian sovereignty."
French President Emmanuel Macron had led international outrage over the Amazon forest fires and Bolsonaro's handling of the mass destruction.
After Bachelet voiced criticism of police brutality and an erosion of democracy in Brazil, the country's president took to Facebook.
Bolsonaro posted on Wednesday that Bachelet is "attacking our brave civilian and military police officers," and hinted hypocrisy surrounding Chile's human rights record. He also appeared to show praise for the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.
"While [Bachelet] says that Brazil is losing democratic space, she forgets that her country is not Cuba thanks only to those who had the courage to put a stop on the left-wing in 1973," Bolsonaro wrote.
He attacked Bachelet by adding, "among the communists during that era was her brigadier father."
Bachelet's father Alberto had been an air force general loyal to the socialist president Salvador Allende after the 1973 coup and died in jail. Bachelet was tortured under the Pinochet regime.
Bachelet criticizes Brazil
The human rights commissioner had expressed concerns in Geneva over a spike in police violence in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states.
She said that Bolsonaro's discourse could "entrench impunity and reinforce the message that state agents are above the law and are effectively able to kill without being held to account."
Along similar lines as Macron, Bachelet also criticized attacks on indigenous communities following the forest fires in the Amazon.
Bolsonaro's no mercy discourse
A former army captain himself, Bolsonaro has repeatedly praised Brazil's own former military regime.
He was elected on a pledge to show no mercy to criminals at a time when the country experienced waves of violent crime and rising homicide rates.
Between January and July 2019,1,075 Brazilians died at the hands of police, 20% more than the same period last year.
mvb/se (AP, EFE, Reuters)