In Brazil, supporters of the far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in the capital.
In Brazil, thousands of supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in the capital, Brazil. according to New York TimesDemonstrators entered Congress, presidential offices and the Brazilian Supreme Court.
Hours later, military police regained control of Brazil’s Triforce Square, home to the presidential palace, Congress and the Supreme Court, officials said. The police used tear gas to disperse the rioters gathered in front of the Ministry of Justice. Time. At least 300 people were arrested. According to the Union of Professional Journalists of the Federal District, at least eight journalists were attacked while covering the event.
US President Joe Biden condemned the attacks. An attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil in a statement released Sunday evening. ” Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be shaken.”, he declared. Biden previously felt that Lula was elected. free, fair and reliable “.
I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be shaken. I look forward to continuing to work @LulaOfficial.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 8, 2023
Like former US President Donald Trump, right-wing populist Bolsonaro has claimed for years that the country’s elections were rigged, claims that many election officials, election security experts and journalists have vehemently denied. Bolsonaro even believed that his detractors were trying to steal the election from him in 2018. Bolsonaro’s supporters staged a coup on November 1 after he lost to leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Trump allies Steve Bannon and Jason Miller have reportedly advised Bolsonaro since his defeat, and his son, Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
Like the US insurgents, the videos show protesters breaking through police barricades and breaking windows to enter Congress. However, unlike the American insurrection, Congress was not engaged with legislators or their staff prior to the attack because Congress was not in session. Lula was in Sao Paulo when the incident occurred, although staff were working in the presidential office when the attack took place. Brazil’s president signed an emergency decree authorizing the use of the federal government. all necessary means ordered to restore order and, according to the BBC, to close the center of the capital within 24 hours.
” They took advantage of the silence on Sunday, when we formed the government, and did what they didLula tweeted. You know the former president has had several speeches promoting this. It is also his responsibility and the parties supporting him. Lula, along with some of his senior ministers, saw the damage around 10pm local time on Sunday.
Bolsonaro denied responsibility for the incident, tweeting that the accusation ” without proof and added: “ Peaceful, law-abiding protests are part of democracy. However, today’s vandalism and occupation of public buildings, such as those practiced by the left in 2013 and 2017, are exceptions to the rule. »
⚠️ Bolsonaristas have politics and leadership in the National Congress. pic.twitter.com/QLREzYz5LQ
— Metropolises (@Metropolises) January 8, 2023
Bolsonaristas radicais occupied the Senado plenary
Demonstrators occupied various public facilities (8/1)
Leia: https://t.co/EVzpKXFNww pic.twitter.com/EjEhEOjOSg
— Metropolises (@Metropolises) January 8, 2023
BREAKING: Bolsonaro supporters storm the National Congress in Brazil pic.twitter.com/EHyEbqf2FE
-BNO News (@BNONews) January 8, 2023
Bolsonaro made a video appeal to supporters two days before his term ended and Lula assumed the presidency, then left the country for Florida, skipping the traditional presidential inauguration and transfer of power last Sunday. according to ReutersBolsonaro may have fled Brazil in part because his presidential immunity will expire once Lula becomes president.
As protesters stormed government buildings, Brazil’s Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco issued a statement saying he had contacted Brazil’s governor and told him the state’s entire police force had been deployed. control the situation “, informs Time. ” I am strongly against these undemocratic actions, which should be immediately punished according to the law Pacheco said. Another Brazilian senator, Jean Paul Prates, protested ” terrorists “.
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