The presidential election came amid a tense and polarized political climate in Brazil, which has been struggling with high inflation, limited growth and rising poverty.
In the weeks since Bolsonaro’s loss, thousands of his supporters have gathered at military barracks across the country, asking the army to step in as they claim, with no evidence, that the election was stolen.
Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro breached security barriers and gained access to the country’s congressional building, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace
At least 400 people have been arrested after pro-Bolsonaro supporters stormed key government buildings in Brazil’s capital, said Ibaneis Rocha, the governor of the country’s Federal District.
In contrast to how the US handled things:
“Today is sad day for the Brazilian nation,” Valdemar Costa Neto, head of Jair Bolsonaro´s right-wing Liberal Party, said in a statement after pro-Bolsonaro supporters broke into key government buildings.
“We cannot agree with the depredation of the National Congress. All ordered manifestations are legitimate," the statement continues. “Disorder has never been part of the principles of our nation. I want to say to you that we strongly condemn this type of attitude. And that the law must be fulfilled, strengthening our democracy.”
This is confusing to many people. It is fascism just as the Nazis were socialists.
Costa Neto must feel he wont be successfully primaried. Pretty sure an NPR report might have said there really is not a mature primary system in Brazil. Bolsonaro never had the same grip in Brazil as what went on here. Lula is more popular than our 2016 and 2020 candidates.
Lula is a very interesting thinker. He does not tip over into anything like Jeremy Corbin in the UK. Yet he musters power for Brazil by an industrial plan that was working until Bolsonaro.
One of my neighbors is Brazilian. She hates Lula. She fancies herself upper crust. When she was in college the profs began to explain to her there were poor people in Brazil. She did not like the idea of helping her countrymen? In reality her country. She did not want to help Brazil if it meant seeing less poverty.