Pro-Bolsonaro Supporters Riot in Brazil
January 9, 2023
Cited article by Jack Nicas, The New York Times
HRRC condemns the violence in Brazil in an effort to overthrow the democratic election of President Lula. Additionally, we are concerned by the similarities of this situation to the insurrection that took place on January 6, 2021 in the United States. Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro must urge his supporters to cease their violent attacks on democratic institutions.
On Sunday, January 8th, hundreds of protestors stormed Brazil's congress, supreme court, and presidential offices. Social media has been flooded with claims of voter fraud in the Brazil election which saw Bolsonaro removed from office. Experts are stating that the January 8th pro-Bolsonaro demonstrations show similarities to the "digital playbook" of the January 6th insurrection in the United States.
Significant concerns remain over the security measures that were taken, as protestors had been camped at the Brazilian capital for the last 10 weeks. Brazil authorities have detained the rioters and the protestor camps have been dismantled. Former President Bolsonaro is currently in Florida, while current President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is receiving support from President Biden.