the opponent liberal party (PL), of former President Jair Bolsonaro, condemned this Sunday “vehemently” the “predation” of the National Congress, after the invasion of the seats of the three powers by the Bolsonarist radicals. “We vehemently condemn this kind of attitude. And that the law is respected by strengthening our democracy,” the president of the PL, Valdemar Costa, said in a statement.
Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters who are promoting a coup against President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva invaded the Parliament, the Presidency of the Republic and the Supreme Court in Brasilia on Sunday, causing extensive damage to buildings. “Today is a sad day for the Brazilian nation. We cannot agree with the predation of the National Congress. All demonstrations with order are legitimate and disorder has never been part of the principles of our nation,” Costa concluded.
Bolsonaro supporters are unaware of the victory in last October’s elections of current president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who took power on January 1. In recent months, extremists have camped at the gates of the barracks to demand military intervention against Lula, who won the October 30 elections with 50.9% of valid votes, against Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. For the President of the PL, the coup camps in the barracks “were an example of this of education, trust and nationalism, with the presence of families representing Bolsonaro and the right, with all peaceful and orderly movements”.
But, as Costa later declared in a video, “this movement today in Brasilia is a shame and he does not represent our party or Bolsonaro. The police and security sectors must play their part. We do not support these movements.” “Yes, we support the homeland, the family and freedom, the movements for good, and this movement in Brasilia today was a shame for all of us,” stressed the former deputy.
Meanwhile Bolsonaro in Florida
Bolsonaro remains in Florida (USA) without precise news from him, except for videos and photos shared on social networks where he can be seen calm, while his followers invaded the headquarters of the National Congress this Sunday, as well as the headquarters of the Supreme Court and Palazzo Planalto, seat of the Executive. Bolsonaro, what evaded the inauguration ceremony of his successorLula da Silva has already visited Florida in 2020 and on that occasion stayed at former US President Donald Trump’s (2017-2021) Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. In this new visit, she was seen on social media sharing with her followers about her in the city of Orlando in the southern center of the state.
Bolsonaro left for Florida on the presidential plane, shortly after addressing his supporters and calling for tough opposition to the next government, and landed at night in Orlando. Before traveling to the United States, Bolsonaro broke the almost absolute silence he had maintained since last October’s elections, but made no allusion to his intention to leave the country before the inauguration of the president-elect. Several videos uploaded to Twitter show him walking the streets of an Orlando apartment building waving at people who come to take pictures with him.
According to the same sources, he is at the home of Brazilian athlete José Aldo da Silva, a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who was one of his allies. A video of the former Brazilian president walking through a Publix supermarket, the most common supermarkets in Florida, shows him walking through the establishment seemingly alone and without a shopping cart. This video was shared on Twitter by American journalist and writer Jonathan L. Krohn on January 5th. “This is the look of a Florida newcomer trying to decide if he should have a ‘pub sub’ before paying,” the reporter commented, adding, “Wish I knew the original source of this. It was sent by a friend I don’t know who he was. I would also like to know what a Publix was. David Adler, general coordinator of the Progressive International organization, also shared a photo on Twitter on January 2 in which Bolsonaro is seen eating at a well-known fast food American food.”I will pay a large commission for a painting of this photograph of disgraced former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro eating KFC in Orlando, Florida on Lula’s inauguration day,” Adler said.
Both Bolsonaro and trump, refused to acknowledge the victory of their presidential contenders, Lula and President Joe Biden, respectively. Trump also did not participate in the inauguration ceremony of the Democrat Biden in January 2021 and also preferred to take refuge in Florida, in his club by the sea in Mar-a-Lago. Both were political allies during their tenure and held meetings in March 2020 at the Mar-a-Lago club, thus demonstrating their affinity not only in their policies and their extreme nationalism, but also in their style and way of behaving .