The three powers of Brazil call to "defend democracy" in peace

The three powers of Brazil call to “defend democracy” in peace

Brasilia, Jan 9 (EFE).- The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the heads of the Legislative and Judicial branches called on Monday to maintain “serenity” and “defend democracy” in peace, after the attempt of a coup d’état by thousands of Bolsonarista radicals.

“The country needs normality, respect and work to” achieve “progress and social justice,” says a joint note signed by Lula, the heads of Congress and the president of the Supreme Court, Rosa Weber.

The highest representatives of the three powers met this Monday to analyze the serious crisis experienced in the Brazilian capital on Sunday, when thousands of followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded and caused serious damage to the headquarters of Parliament, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.

In the note, they rejected the “terrorist, vandalism, criminal and coup acts” that occurred in Brasilia and stressed that they are “united so that all institutional measures are taken, in the terms” established by “Brazilian laws.”

“We call on society to maintain serenity, in defense of peace and democracy in our homeland,” says the note, which, in addition to Lula and Weber, also signed the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira , and the acting head of the Senate, Veneziano Vital do Rêgo.

The situation is under control today, after the arrest of 300 coup protesters on Sunday and another 1,200 this Monday who were taking refuge in the camp they had set up in front of the Army Headquarters since the October elections were held.

These radical far-right groups are unaware of Lula’s victory at the polls, who took power on January 1, and have been demanding a military “intervention” ever since to return Bolsonaro to power.

The progressive president accused the now ex-president, who is currently in the United States with no plans to return to Brazil, of “stimulating” the assault on the three powers, which lasted about four and a half hours until the security forces recovered control of public buildings.

Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain and nostalgic for the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985), rejected the accusations of the current head of state and mildly condemned the violent invasion and the serious destruction of his supporters in the Three Powers square in Brasilia . EFE


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