Photos and Video Show Chaos in Brazil Two years after the US Capitol Riot
- Brazil’s Congress was overthrown Sunday by supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who claimed that the election was stolen.
- Demonstrators broke through police barriers, smashed windows and invaded government buildings.
- Bolsonaro’s supporters praised Bolsonaro and the actions were similar to those taken on January 6.
Chaotic scenes broke out in Brazil as supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, former Brazilian President, stormed Congress building and other government buildings almost two years ago. This was the same day similar events occurred at the US Capitol.
Bolsonaro, just like Donald Trump, refused to acknowledge the results. Brazil’s election in October, in which the far right-leaning populist leader lost against Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, a leftist candidate who was previously president of the country.
A week after Lula was inaugurated, thousands of protestors claimed that the election had been stolen. descended on Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court presidential palace, smashing through security bars, breaking windows and entering the buildings, all located at Brazilia, Brazil’s capital.
—Nathália Urban (@UrbanNathalia) January 8, 2023
—The Brazilian Report (@BrazilianReport) January 8, 2023
Lula: “There is no precedent for their actions and these people should be punished.” said Sunday.
For Americans who are watching the unrest unfold, however, there is hope. sense of deja vuIt was almost inevitable.
Friday, February 5, 2009 was two yearsA mob of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol building. They assaulted officers, broke windows and forced lawmakers to flee the scene while they were trying to certify the election win of Joe Biden.
“The violent attack by right-wing extremists on the heart of Brazil’s government is a sad but familiar scene,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffreys said in a tweet.
—ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) January 8, 2023
—POPULAR FRONT (@PopularFront_) January 8, 2023
Trump refused to concede like Bolsonaro. Trump spread false claims of widespread voter fraud and urged his supporters to reject the result. He instructed them to go to Capitol and fight. Since the attack, nearly 1,000 people have been chargedAmong others, assault, disorderly behavior, and obstruction of law enforcement are all possible.
Lula stated that those who invaded Brazil’s government buildings on Sunday were thought to have been mostly emptied. would also be punished. He also ordered that government buildings be shut down for 24 hours to allow police to secure the area. About 200 people were detained. officials in Brazil said.
Although there were some striking similarities between Sunday’s events & January 6, they may not have been all that surprising. Bolsonaro fashioned himself as a Brazilian counterpart to TrumpHe is running for president in 2018 with a familiar slogan: “Make Brazil great Again.”
Trump has frequently praised BolsonaroHe praised their relationship even though the Brazilian president was facing criminal allegations. accused by international watchdog groupsHe accused his country of threatening its democracy and violating freedom-of-expression principles. He said that he would not accept a loss for months before his election. He never publicly acknowledged Lula’s victory after he lost.
Bolsonaro’s allies met with some of Trump’s advisers, including Steve Bannon, Jason Miller, to get advice on how to deal with the loss. The Washington PostIt was reported at the same time.
Two days before January 1, Lula was to be inaugurated, with his predecessor present as per custom. Bolsonaro left the countrySince then, he has been in Florida. Trump broke the custom by flying to Mar-a-Lago, where Biden was sworn into office, and he also skipped his successor’s induction.
Bolsonaro wrote in a condemnation of Sunday’s demonstrations on Sunday night. tweetAlthough peaceful protests are part and parcel of Democracy, “destruction or invasions of public places, such as what happened today,” was not. The New York Times translation.
He also claimed that accusations that he was responsible for the riots, which included Lula, were “without evidence.”
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