Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, outside the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia (Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
The President of Mexico Andrés Manuel Lépez Obrador (AMLO) expressed his rejection of the events that occurred this Sunday afternoon in Brazil, where Bolsonarists invaded areas of the Presidential Palace, Congress and the Supreme Court.
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“Reprehensible and undemocratic the coup attempt by the conservatives in Brazil encouraged by the leadership of the oligarchic power, their spokespersons and fanatics. Lula is not alone, she has the support of the progressive forces of her country, of Mexico, of the American continent and of the world,” AMLO said.
For his part, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, showed his support for the government of the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in the face of the demonstrations and protests by supporters of Jair Bolsonaro -ex-president of that country- in the National Congress this Sunday 8 from January.
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The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) described the mobilization of the Bolsonaristas as an alleged attempt to affect “the democratic institutions” of the South American nation, since the protesters are calling for a military intervention to overthrow Lula da Silva, a a week after taking office as president.
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.
– Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) January 8, 2023
Although neither Bolsonaro nor da Silva were in Brasilia at the time of the events (the former is in the United States and the latter in Sao Paulo), Ebrard Casaubón spoke about it through his Twitter account and noted:
“Faced with the events in Brazil, we express Mexico’s full support for the Government of President Lula elected by popular will. We reject any attempt against the democratic institutions that has occurred in that brother town “
The Mexican foreign minister expressed his support for Lula da Silva in the face of attempts to overthrow him (Photo: [email protected]_ebrard)
Hundreds of Jair Bolsonaro’s followers managed to get past the police barrier and climbed up a ramp that connects to the roof of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate buildings; it was reported that some of them broke into the legislative headquarters. Another group advanced to Praça dos Três Poderes and headed towards the Planalto Palace (headquarters of the Executive).
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In these acts, the demonstrators -dressed for the most part in yellow and green shirts- attacked some units of the Legislative Police in charge of the security of the Congress, since some were armed with sticks. This is because they do not recognize Lula’s victory in the elections last October.
In response, the Brazilian police tried to repel the mobilization with tear gas. However, images and videos of a group of Bolsonaristas inside the legislative headquarters in Brasilia were shared on social networks.
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Preto, also condemned these events through his Twitter account and accused that it was a coup perpetrated by “fascism” and the extreme right, which “has not been able to maintain the pact not to violence,” he said. And he added that a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) is urgently needed.
The presidents of Colombia, Chile and Spain condemned the demonstrations of the Bolsonaristas in Brasilia (Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
For his part, the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, also expressed his support for the government of Lula da Silva before the demonstration in the National Congress of Brazil, which he described as a “cowardly and vile attack on democracy.” The same happened with the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which joined the support for the Brazilian president.
The President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, pointed out that it was an “assault on Congress” and called for an immediate return to democratic normality. “All my support for President Lula and for the institutions freely and democratically elected by the Brazilian people,” he said.
In view of these disturbances, the Embassy of Mexico in Brazil issued a brief statement in which it made available the number +(55 61) 992 253 542 to provide support to compatriots living in that country. At the moment there are no reports of Mexicans injured or affected by what happened in Brasilia.
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