Brazil: Bolsonaro admits to having made “some mistakes”

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Former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro .

Ex-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in the United States since December 30, two days before the end of his term, confessed to having made “a few mistakes at home,” according to a video released Monday.

Everyone makes a few mistakes at home, including members of the government, the former far-right leader told supporters, explaining that during his tenure, every day was Monday.

In the excerpt uploaded by the MetrĂ³poles news site, supporters advise him not to return to Brazil, where the Supreme Court included him in a under investigation for his role in the looting of places of power on January 8, just a week after the inauguration of leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

That day, thousands of people identified as Bolsonarists swarmed the presidential headquarters, Congress, and the Supreme Court, refusing to recognize the election result.

I deplore what happened, said Mr. Bolsonaro, describing these events as incredible.

The police intervened in force to dislodge the rioters.

Infrastructure, priceless works of art and furniture forming part of the national heritage were destroyed during the riots.< /p>

More than 1,100 people are still imprisoned for acts described as terrorist by the Lula government, in office since January 1. Over 800 detainees have already undergone preliminary hearings.

In particular, authorities are trying to determine who funded and ordered the assault. Federal police also announced an arrest on Monday in Rio de Janeiro during a search operation for three suspects suspected of having financed and organized the acts of vandalism, roadblocks and anti-democratic demonstrations of the past few weeks. .

Jair Bolsonaro, who remained isolated and almost silent during his last weeks in office, had condemned the looting and denied any involvement in the assaults.

At the same time, the authorities of the Federal District of Brasilia announced on Monday a permanent doubling of the police presence around the centers of power.

The number of military police stationed near the Presidential Palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court will immediately be increased from 248 to 500, announced Celina Leao, acting governor of the Federal District (DF).

Brazilian President Lula da Silva visits the ransacked presidential palace.

He is x27;is about having the maximum tranquility and good security, she said at a press conference alongside the President of the Chamber of Deputies Arthur Lira and the Deputy Minister of Justice Ricardo Cappelli.

The latter, appointed by the executive power to oversee security in Brasilia, said on Monday that the investigations were aimed in particular at determining whether there were professionals among the rioters.

There were men among the protesters with knowledge of the terrain, combat tactics and professional characteristics, he said, citing an injured sergeant during the riot, during lacquer There, according to Mr. Cappelli, 44 soldiers were injured.

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