UPDATE 1-Brazil probes anti-democratic riots as world leaders condemn attacks


Lula blamed Bolsonaro’s supporters, promising justice


Bolsonaro, in Florida said the riots ‘crossed the line’


Biden, the Kremlin, other world leaders condemned the violence


Lula took office in January after a narrow October victory

(Adds reactions from foreign leaders, markets)

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court has removed Brasilia’s governor from office for 90 days over security breaches it said allowed thousands of right-wing supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro to storm homes. government and capital.

Tens of thousands of anti-democratic people

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on Sunday attacked the Supreme Court, Congress and the presidential palace in the worst attack on Brazilian institutions since the restoration of democracy forty years ago, attracting worldwide condemnation.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who took office on Jan. 1 after a narrow victory in the October elections, promised to bring justice, when protesters broke windows and furniture, destroyed works of art and stole the first law of 1988. Guns were seized from security agencies Prime Minister.

In removing the Governor of Brasilia for 90 days at the end of Sunday, the Supreme Court Alexandre de Moraes ordered the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to block the accounts of users who spread democracy propaganda.

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Lula, the left-wing president, said that local riot police reporting to Brasilia Governor Ibaneis Rocha, a former Bolsonaro supporter, did nothing to stop the protesters from advancing.

Lula ordered the central government to intervene in public security in the capital and promised exemplary punishment for the leaders of “fascist” attacks aimed at provoking a war that could return Bolsonaro to power.

“All those who did this will be found and punished,” Lula told reporters from Sao Paulo State.

Lula accused Bolsonaro of angering his supporters after a campaign of baseless allegations of electoral fraud at the end of his reign of national populism.

From Florida, where Bolsonaro had flown 48 hours before the end of his term, the former president rejected the accusation. He said on Twitter that peaceful protests are democratic but attacks on government buildings “crossed the line.”

The attack raised questions among Lula’s allies about how the security forces in the capital have become uncooperative and violent, surprising those who discuss the plan and social media for a few days before the convention for the weekend show.

The attack, which was reminiscent of the attack on the US Capitol two years ago by supporters of former President Donald Trump, was condemned by world leaders, from US President Joe Biden to European and Latin American leaders. America.

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“This violent attack on a democratic institution is an attack on democracy that cannot be tolerated,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned any attempt to undermine the peaceful transfer of power.

Kremlin spokesman

Dmitry Peskov

said that Russia condemned “in the strongest terms” the actions of those who instigated the riots.



applause is expected when they open on Monday.

Hundreds were arrested

Police took over a damaged public building in the future capital three hours later and dispersed the crowd with tear gas.

Justice Minister Flavio Dino said that 200 protesters have been arrested. Governor Rocha, writing on Twitter before the court announced his march, put the number at 400.

Dino said the investigation will aim to find out who funded the hundreds of vehicles that brought Bolsonaro supporters to Brasilia and investigate Rocha for security breaches.

Supporters of Bolsonaro planned to storm the government building for at least two weeks in groups on social media platforms such as Telegram and Twitter, but there was no movement by security forces to prevent the attack, which one group called “the hold. the right of the people.”

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Information seen by Reuters during the week showed that such groups were organizing meeting points in several cities in the country, where chartered vehicles would leave from Brasilia, with the intention of entering the ‘public house.

The plan included camping in front of military headquarters, where protesters have camped since Lula’s election victory in October.

Early Sunday afternoon, when the protesters started arriving at the port of Brasilia, instead of being arrested, they were led away by military police cars with flashing lights.

Riot police arrived at the scene two hours after the attack.

Bolsonaro is facing serious threats from various investigations before the Supreme Court in Brazil and his future in the United States, where he traveled on a visa granted only to presidents, is in question.

“Bolsonaro shouldn’t be in Florida,” Democratic senator Joaquin Castro said on CNN. “The United States should not be a safe haven for this dictator who has fueled domestic terrorism in Brazil. He should be sent to Brazil.”

Statement by Lisandra Paraguassu, Gabriel Stardgarter, Gabriel Araujo and Anthony Boadle; Edited by Edmund Blair and Nick Macfie


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