In the aftermath of the ransacking of several places of power in Brazil, more than 1,200 supporters of the far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro were arrested. The images of these riots went around the world and came to upset the Brazilian community of Sherbrooke.
Councilwoman Fernanda Luz worries for her family as violence rages in her home country. “I have been speaking with them since last night. We slept badly last night,” said the Carrefour District Councilor on Monday.
On Sunday, hundreds of supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Three Powers Square in Brasilia. “It’s a complete rampage. We destroyed everything”, assured the independent journalist Serge Boire, who is in Brazil.
Moreover, the images have gone around the world and are reminiscent of the events of the American Capitol two years ago. “The big difference with what happened in the United States is that here there was political support and there were law enforcement present who supported and encouraged,” added Serge. To drink.
Moreover, many are accusing former President Bolsonaro of complicity. “He strongly supports what happened, so it’s no coincidence at all that he’s with his friend Donald Trump in Florida now,” said Bruce Gilbert, professor of philosophy at Bishop’s University.
Brazilians worry about their democracy. Many of them lived under the dictatorial regime of the 1960s to 1980s and do not want to return to a similar regime. “It puts things in perspective. I am happy to do politics in a country where there is space for the debate of ideas, ”underlines Fernanda Luz.
Moreover, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced these attacks on democracy in a joint statement made with the American and Mexican presidents. On Monday, the heads of state united their voices to condemn the attacks on democracy and to support Brazil.
Fernanda Luz hopes that peace will soon be restored in her country of origin. The Supreme Court reacted quickly and already looters must answer for their actions. However, the next few weeks will be decisive for Brazilian democracy.