Brazil: Lula denounces the bankruptcy of the intelligence services

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Br&eacute ;sil: Lula denounces the bankruptcy of the intelligence services

Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silv said on Wednesday that national intelligence services failed on Jan. 8, a day marked by riots led by supporters of far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro. who invaded and ransacked places of power in Brasilia.

These new comments from the leftist president come amid heightened criticism of the military for his laxity in the face of pro-Bolsonaro demonstrators.

I don't know if former president [Bolsonaro] ordered the riots, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday during a ceremony with unions in the Planalto Palace. What I do know is that he is responsible for it because he spent four years inciting people to hate.

Jair Bolsonaro, who had left Brazil for the United States two days before the inauguration of his leftist successor, denied any involvement in the riots, while deploring these events which he described as ;incredible. It is under investigation.

“We made a basic mistake: my intelligence services did not exist [that day]. We have military intelligence, air intelligence, national intelligence [but] none of them tipped me off.

—Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Returning to power on January 1 following his victory in the presidential election last October against Jair Bolsonaro, Lula has in the past expressed his suspicions of collusion between people in the x27;army and protesters.

He had announced last Thursday a thorough examination of the personnel assigned to the presidency, saying in particular that he was convinced that the rioters who had entered the presidential palace of Planalto had received help from within.

Security forces in action as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, January 8, 2023. (File photo)

How could I have someone at my office door who could shoot me?, the Brazilian president wondered, considering that the palace was full of Bolsonarists.

Those who want to get involved in politics must take off their uniform, leave their post and then enter politics, Lula said, days after firing more than 50 military officers. #x27;army that were part of the protective device of the presidential palace and the office of the national security officer.

More than 4,000 supporters of the former president, who reject his electoral defeat by Lula at the end of October, wreaked havoc on January 8 in Brasilia, invading and ransacking the centers of power. Some 1,400 suspected rioters remained in custody on Wednesday as investigations continue to try to find organizers and funders. So far, 39 people have been charged.

Attorney General Augusto Aras announced in a local TV interview that another 200 people would be charged over the next next two weeks.

Former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

Anderson Torres, a former justice minister under Mr. Bolsonaro who was in charge of security in Brasilia but was abroad at the time, was arrested on suspicion of collusion upon his return to his country.

On Wednesday, he appeared before investigators for a first deposition, but remained silent, according to the G1 news portal. He also denies any involvement in the attempted insurrection.

Lula also indicated that he would receive German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 30 and that he would meet Joe Biden in February in the United States.

Democracy is the only possibility for us to build a strong nation. That's why I'm going to talk to Biden to see how he handles the far right, the left-leaning president wrote on Twitter.

In an interview with the channel Globo News, he also said he would discuss with Mr. Scholz what is happening in Germany, because the extreme right is an international movement.

In Brazil, we won the elections, we beat Bolsonaro. What we need now is to defeat this fascist discourse in Brazil. For that, we will have to ask the democratic forces to demonstrate, whatever the political party […] to defend democracy, he said.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and Reuters

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