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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro “prepared the coup! » accuses Lula

2023-02-03T07:00:16.607Z

A Brazilian judge has decided to include the ex-leader, who left Brazil for Florida at the end of December, in the investigation which aims to determine



For Lula, doubt is no longer allowed.

The President of Brazil is "certain" that Jair Bolsonaro, his far-right predecessor, was the mastermind behind the attack on government buildings in Brasilia on January 8.

And that he was thus seeking to carry out a "coup d'etat".

"Today I am aware and I say it loud and clear: this citizen (former President Bolsonaro) prepared the coup," said Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in an interview with the television channel local RedeTV!

On January 8, thousands of Bolsonaro supporters, unhappy with Lula's victory over his far-right rival in the October 2022 presidential election, invaded and vandalized the presidential palace, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Read alsoNearly one in five Brazilians supports the invasion and ransacking of places of power in Brasilia

A Brazilian judge has decided to include the ex-leader, who left Brazil for Florida at the end of December, in the investigation which aims to determine who is behind the ransacking of Brazilian institutions.

“I am sure that Bolsonaro actively participated in this and is still trying to participate,” added Lula, when asked about the role of the former president in these events.

“They wanted to make this mess on January 1, but they realized they couldn't because there were too many police and too many people on the streets.

These statements come on the same day as those of Senator Marcos do Val, who assured that he had participated in a meeting with the ex-president where it was a question of preventing Lula from coming to power.

According to his lawyers, Jair Bolsonaro has applied to extend his six-month visa to stay in the United States.

He denies having any connection whatsoever with the events of January 8.

Read alsoBolsonaro exiled in the United States: why is the former president postponing his return to Brazil?

Lula, 77, narrowly won the election: 50.9% against 49.1% for Bolsonaro.

“We have defeated Bolsonaro, but we still have to defeat Bolsonarism,” President Lula finally said in the interview on local TV.

Source: leparis

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