Attack on Democracy Brazil

World Leaders Stand with Lula in Support of Democracy in Brazil

World Leaders Stand with Lula in Support of Democracy in Brazil.

Last Sunday, a group of radicals in Brasilia, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, invaded and destroyed Brazil’s National Congress, the Planalto Palace and the Federal Supreme Court demanding a military intervention in Brazil.

More than 1,500 people have already been arrested, the governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, has been removed and the coup camps near barracks are being dismantled, as reported by Brazilian press, Jota.

A week after the inauguration of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Bolsonaro supporters, who were grouped in front of the Army Headquarters, in Brasília, marched to Praça dos Três Poderes.

“There, without resistance from the police, they began to destroy the buildings of the institutions. There are records of police photographing and filming the invasions instead of taking action,” reports Jota.

The scenes, never before seen in the Brazilian Republic, generated a reaction from the authorities and the international community. The first reaction came from the President of the Republic Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), who ordered an intervention in the Federal District, in the area of public security, with the aim of containing “serious impairment of public order.”

Jota reports that “about 1,200 people were arrested this Monday” at the army headquarters in Brasilia. On Sunday, Minister Alexandre de Moraes “ordered the eviction and total dissolution, within 24 hours, of the camps in the vicinity of the barracks and the arrest in flagrante delicto of the participants in the crimes of terrorist acts (including preparatory ones), criminal association and violent abolition of the democratic rule of law, coup d’état, threat, persecution and incitement to crime.”

 

 

World Leaders Stand with Lula in Support of Democracy in Brazil
Lula meets with high ranking government leaders to discuss the way forward. “We stand firm in defense of democracy.” Image credit: Ricardo Stuckert.

 

“It has no precedent in the history of our country. There is no precedent for what these people have done and for that these people will have to be punished,” stated Lula.

“They will realize that democracy guarantees the right to freedom, it guarantees the right to free communication, free expression, but it also ensures that people respect the institutions that were created to strengthen democracy,” said the President of Brazil.

Brazil, with the support of the entire international community, will continue to defend its peace and the democratic advances it has achieved, said the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira, on Monday, condemning the assault on Sunday by radical Bolsonarists on the headquarters of his three powers, as reported by Infobae.

“That patrimony of peace and progress of Brazilian society was defended yesterday by the institutions and will continue to be defended, with the full support of the international community, which was forceful in condemning the coup acts of January 8, 2023,” said Vieira.

 

International Leaders React 

 

 

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, president of Mexico had this to say:

“Reprehensible and undemocratic the coup attempt by the Brazilian conservatives urged on by the leadership of the oligarchic power, their spokespersons and fanatics. Lula is not alone, he has the support of the progressive forces of his country, of Mexico, of the American continent and of the world.”

 

 

Colombian president, Gustavo Petro made several statements:

“Fascism breaks and violents art. Death to intelligence! they used to scream in Spain but now, they do this in Latin America [a region] voting for progress.”

 

 

Petro had this to propose:

“We propose a great Pact for Democracy in the Americas with courts and capacity for action. The strategy of the Latin American extreme right does not go through democracy. It promotes trials without the existence of a crime to eliminate leaders, parliamentary coups against elected leaders and violent coups with hundreds of deaths.

The OAS has lost its way”

 

 

“Latin American fascism has already bloodied the continent, produced military coups and millions of exiles, tens of thousands of disappeared,” stated Petro.

 

 

“All my solidarity to @LulaOficial and the people of Brazil. Fascism decides to strike. The right has not been able to maintain the pact of non-violence.

It is urgent time for the OAS meeting if it wants to continue to live as an institution and apply the democratic charter,” said Petro in a pinned tweet.

 

 

President Xiomara Castro of Honduras called on Latin American leaders to unite in defense of Brazil’s democracy and in support of Lula:

“On behalf of the people of Honduras, I express my unconditional support for President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva @LulaOficial against fascism already defeated in Brazil. I call on the Presidents of Latin America to move to Brazil if necessary to defend democracy.”

 

 

“Chile rejects the unacceptable anti-democratic action that attacks the three powers of the State of Brazil. We are promoting with other countries the call for an extraordinary session of the OAS Permanent Council to support democracy and the rule of law in Brazil,” declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

“Unpresentable attack on the three powers of the Brazilian State by Bolsonaristas. The Brazilian government has our full support in the face of this cowardly and vile attack on democracy,” stated Chile’s president, Gabriel Boric.

 

 

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela had this to say:

“We categorically reject the violence generated by Bolsonaro’s neo-fascist groups that have assaulted the democratic institutions of Brazil. Our support to @LulaOficial and to the Brazilian people who will surely mobilize in defense of Peace and their president.”

 

 

Nicolas Maduro also made this official statement of support:

“Venezuela expresses its solidarity with the Government and People of Brazil in the face of an attempt to subvert the constitutional order. The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its solidarity with the people of the Federative Republic of Brazil, its President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and all its democratic institutions in the face of the attempt by violent forces to subvert the constitutional order and request a military intervention.

We view with astonishment and concern the actions undertaken by fascist and extreme right groups, which, supported by their leaders inside and outside the country, try to ignore the result of the democratic elections last October and seek to threaten the social and political peace of the brotherly Brazilian people, its government and the entire region.

Venezuela trusts in the democratic conviction of the Brazilian people, who barely a week ago demonstrated in the streets their support for democracy and President Lula. Likewise, Venezuela trusts that the Brazilian Armed Forces defend their commitment to the Constitution and not lend themselves to coup adventures.

The Bolivarian Government condemns all acts of political violence and reiterates its support for the people of Brazil and its Government of Union and Reconstruction, led by President Lula.

Caracas, January 8, 2023″

 

 

Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez, government representative of Cuba made this statement:

“We strongly condemn the violent and anti-democratic acts that occur in #Brazil, with the aim of generating chaos and disrespecting the popular will expressed with the election of President Lula. We express our full support and solidarity to @LulaOficial and his government.”

 

 

“These images of vandalism, destruction and violence have been seen before. Refusing to recognize a triumph of the alternative, the Bolsonaristas of #Brazil are emulators of the Trumpists who stormed the #Washington Capitol. #NoAlGolpe, full solidarity with @LulaOficial,” said Diaz Canel of Cuba.

 

 

Luis Alberto Arce, president of Bolivia made this statement:

“We strongly condemn the assault on the #Brazilian Congress, Palace and Supreme Court by anti-democratic groups. Fascists will always seek to take by force what they failed to achieve at the ballot box. Our solidarity with the Brazilian people and the president @LulaOficial”

 

 

Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina made the following statements:

“Democracy is the only political system that guarantees freedoms and obliges us to respect the popular verdict. Let us demonstrate with firmness and unity our total adherence to the Government democratically elected by the Brazilians headed by President @LulaOficial. We are together with the Brazilian people to defend democracy and not allow #NuncaMas the return of the coup ghosts promoted by the right.”

 

 

President Macron of France had this to say:

“The will of the Brazilian people and the democratic institutions must be respected! The President @LulaOficial can count on the unconditional support of France.”

 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said this:

 


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