Brazil: President Lula wants to bring down “the monster of the far right”

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Brazil: President Lula wants to bring down “the monster of the extreme right”

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil's new president, Lula da Silva, on Thursday called for “the new monster” of a “fanatic far-right” to be brought down, not only in Brazil, but elsewhere in the world.

The rise of a bigoted, angry far-right that hates anything that doesn't think like it is a new monster we must confront and bring down, says the left-wing leader who defeated the president outgoing extreme right, Jair Bolsonaro, in the October presidential election.

I have never seen a Brazil seized by such hatred, continued Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who spoke to university rectors at the presidential palace in Brasilia. But it's not just about Brazil, he said, referring to the United States under Trump or Hungary, Italy.

“Although we have defeated Bolsonaro, we [still] have to defeat hatred, lies, disinformation, bigots, for this society to become civilized again. »

— Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil

On Wednesday evening, the president said he would discuss the far right and democracy with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , whom he will receive on January 30, then US President Joe Biden, whom he will meet on February 10 in the United States.

In an interview with the Globo News television channel, Lula returned to the January 8 assault and ransacking by radical Bolsonarists of the presidential palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court in Brasilia.

[Bolsonaro's] decision to remain silent after the election […], to leave for Miami as if he was fleeing from something and to say nothing, even after what& #x27;it happened, made me feel like he knew everything that was happening and had a lot to do with it, Lula said.< /p>

Bolsonaro may have hoped to return to Brazil in the glory of a coup d'etat, Lula argued, if his involvement is proven, it will take that; he is punished.

Beaten on the wire by Lula, Mr. Bolsonaro never digested his electoral defeat. From Florida, where he left on December 30, two days before the end of his mandate, he denied any involvement in the Brasilia riots.

He simply deplored these events which he called incredible. He is under investigation.

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