Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended full support to Brazilian authorities after former President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters targeted state institutions in Brasilia.
“Deeply concerned about the news of rioting and vandalism against the State institutions in Brasilia. Democratic traditions must be respected by everyone. We extend our full support to the Brazilian authorities,” PM Modi tweeted.
BREAKING 🇧🇷: Brazil’s Congress remains flooded and in flames. In terms of the physical and institutional damage, there is no comparison to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. pic.twitter.com/aSk72EXzF6
— David Adler (@davidrkadler) January 8, 2023
Condemnations have also come thick and fast from other world leaders. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned Bolsonaro supporters’ breach of Brazil’s Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace.
I condemn today’s assault on Brazil’s democratic institutions.
The will of the Brazilian people and the country’s institutions must be respected.
I am confident that it will be so. Brazil is a great democratic country.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) January 8, 2023
US President Joe Biden also condemned the violence in Brazil which erupted in the South American country after former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress (the country’s legislature), the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace on Sunday. The US President called the violence an “assault on democracy”.
I condemn the assault on democracy and on 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 undermined. I look forward to continuing to work with @LulaOficial.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 8, 2023
French President Emmanuel Macron backed President Lula da Silva saying he can count on the unfailing support of France. “The will of the Brazilian people and the democratic institutions must be respected! President Lula can count on the unfailing support of France,” President Macron tweeted.
La volonté du peuple brésilien et les institutions démocratiques doivent être respectées ! Le Président @LulaOficial peut compter sur le soutien indéfectible de la France.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 8, 2023
The story so far:
- Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country’s congressional building, Supreme Court and presidential palace on Sunday.
- Police in reponse cleared the crowds from government buildings, making at lease 400 arrests.
- The mobs targeted government institutions for around a week President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, inaugurated his presidency after defeating Bolsonaro in a runoff election on Oct. 30.
- Bolsonaro had challenged the election results, did not explicitly concede his defeat, though he did say he would cooperate with the transition of power.
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