Brazil: Lula condemns ‘fascist vandals’ invasion of Brasilia

Brazil: Lula condemns ‘fascist vandals’ invasion of Brasilia

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has ordered a “federal intervention” against the police to regain control of the capital’s security after Bolsonarists invaded places of power in Brasilia this Sunday, January 8.

Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva this Sunday, January 8, condemned the invasion of power centers in Brasilia by “fascist vandals” and ordered a “federal intervention” against the police to regain control of the capital’s security to take.

“We will find them all and they will all be punished,” said Lula, who was sworn in as president from Araraquara in the state of Sao Paulo (southeast) just a week ago.

“Democracy guarantees freedom of expression but also requires that institutions be respected,” he added. “What these vandals, these fanatical fascists … have done is unprecedented in the history of our country. Those who funded (these demonstrations) will pay for these irresponsible and undemocratic acts,” the head of state stressed.

A lot of damage

The “federal intervention” decreed by Lula consists in taking command of the security forces at the level of the Brazilian state, usually under the responsibility of the local authorities.

This decree puts all of Brasilia’s law enforcement agencies under the control of a Lula-appointed person, Ricardo Garcia Capelli, who reports directly to the president and can use “any entity, civil or military,” to maintain order.

The Planalto presidential palace, the Supreme Court and Congress in Brasilia were stormed on Sunday by hundreds of supporters of far-right ex-President Jair Bolsonaro, who do not accept his defeat in the face of Lula. The police were completely overwhelmed and there was enormous damage to the buildings.

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