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Joe Biden said the situation in Brazil was “outrageous” after supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court on Sundaywith some senior US lawmakers calling for the far-right figure to be extradited from the US.
Biden’s words of condemnation were echoed by world leaders around the world and by some of Brazil’s closest neighbors.
President Luis Inacio Lula da Silvawho defeated Bolsonaro in a bitter election last year, announced a federal security intervention in Brazil that will last until January 31 after the capital’s security forces were initially defeated by the invaders.
“I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined,” Biden said on Twitter.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tweeted that “the use of violence to attack democratic institutions is always unacceptable” and called for an immediate end to the invasion of Brazil’s democratic institutions.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US condemned any efforts to undermine democracy in Brazil. “President Biden is closely monitoring the situation and our support for Brazil’s democratic institutions is unwavering. Brazilian democracy will not be shaken by violence,” Sullivan said.
Bolsonaro flew out of Brazil on the eve of Lula’s inauguration and is currently in Florida. Many in the US – and around the world – saw echoes of the 2021 storming of the US Capitol in the actions of Bolsonaro’s supporters and called for the former president to be extradited.
Joaquin Castro, a member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN that Bolsonaro used “Trump’s leadership to inspire domestic terrorists to try to take over.”
“Bolsonaro is currently in Florida … he should be extradited to Brazil … The United States should not be a haven for this authoritarian man who inspired domestic terrorism in Brazil,” he said.
US House Democrat and progressive figure Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Nearly two years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad trying to do the same in Brazil.”
She called on the US to “stop granting asylum to Bolsonaro in Florida.”
Chilean President Gabriel Borich called the assault on Brazilian institutions a “cowardly and vile attack on democracy.”
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, said: “fascism has decided to organize a coup… It is urgent for OAD [Organization of American States] to meet if it is to continue to live as an institution.’
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez tweeted that he pledged his country’s “unconditional support to @LulaOficial in the face of this coup attempt he is facing.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he rejected “the violence generated by Bolsonaro’s neo-fascist groups that attacked Brazil’s democratic institutions. Our support to @LulaOficial and the Brazilian people who will surely mobilize in defense of peace and their president.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Brazil a “great democratic country” and said he was confident that “the will of the Brazilian people and the country’s institutions” would be respected.
Portugal’s Foreign Minister João Gómez Cravinho said much of the responsibility rested with Bolsonaro and said “it would be very important if he had a message of condemnation amid the unrest that is currently happening in Brazil.”
Human Rights Watch blamed the attack on “a years-long campaign by a former president Jair Bolsonaro and its allies to undermine democratic principles and spread baseless allegations of electoral fraud.” The organization released a statement calling the storm “a heinous attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions by people who seek to deny Brazilians the right to vote and choose the leaders of their choice, including by calling for military intervention.”
European Council President Charles Michel said Lula had been “democratically elected by millions of Brazilians in fair and free elections” and condemned the “attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions”.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Lula could count on his country’s “unwavering support” and that “the will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected!
The Australian government said it “condemns the attack on Brazil’s congress, supreme court and presidential palace”, which a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said was “unacceptable; democratic institutions and processes must be respected”.
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