Brazilian Riots Resemble Events of DC’s January 6th

( – Brazil has been in the grip of riots and civil unrest as the fallout from their elections continues to unravel the South American Country. Authorities are vowing to prosecute supporters of ex-President Jair Bolsonaro who engaged in rioting or other lawless behavior.

In a striking parallel to January 6th, 2021, supporters stormed their nation’s capital surrounding and invading government buildings that included Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidential palace on Sunday, January 8th, 2023. The raucous protesters want the army to install Bolsonaro and oust newly elected radical leftist Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva.

Justice Minister Flavio Dino called their behavior terrorism and coup-mongering. He’s instructed police to begin to investigate who paid for buses that brought protesters into the capital. They plan to use fingerprints and video footage to identify lawbreakers.

“They will not succeed in destroying Brazilian democracy,” Dino said. He continued to elaborate that criminality is not an acceptable path to political victory and that “a criminal is treated like a criminal.”

Rioters sporting their country’s green and yellow flag and wearing those same colors smashed windows, furniture, computers, and other office equipment. They damaged a massive historical work of art painted by Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, flipped a table that the Supreme Court sat at, and vandalized a statue outside the building.

More than 1,200 people have been arrested, per the Justice Ministry. Police were slow to intervene and react, which is another pattern we saw on January 6th. Many were left to wonder if the riots were allowed to proceed for some political gain or were the security forces merely incompetent – a debate many Americans still have about J6.

After losing the October 30th election, Bolsonaro has been in Florida claiming that there was a problem with their electronic voting machines which resulted in massive amounts of fraud impacting the electoral contest.

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