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Brazil's (Not an 'Insurrection') Capital Riot
Similar to America's Capitol Riot. Same misleading narrative.
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In Brazil - A ‘Not an Insurrection’ Capital Riot.
January 9, 2023 - Newly elected socialist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has pledged to bring rioters to justice after they swarmed government buildings in Brazil's federal capital, Brasilia, on January 8.
Like their counterparts in the U.S. in 2021, the conservative, anti-Lula rioters were protesting what they say was a fraudulent election.
Lula was sworn in as the country’s president on Jan. 1.
Not unlike the Capitol Riot in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, Brazilian police retook their public buildings after roughly three hours and dispersed the unarmed crowd with tear gas.
One difference - based on initial reports, it appears the January 6 riot in DC was more violent than the bigger one in Brasilia on January 8.
Thousands of anti-Lula demonstrators broke into the Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace after their makeshift protest encampments in front of the Brazilian Army headquarters were set to be dismantled by the newly elected Lula government.
Lula's week-old, far left administration has been under extreme pressure after a hotly contested election against conservative ex-president Jair Bolsonaro.
Similar to the 2020 election in the U.S., many of Bolsonaro's supporters claim widespread fraud in the Oct. 30, 2022 runoff which Bolsonaro narrowly lost to Lula.
Mass protests have since gripped Brazil.
The protesters also asked the military to intervene.
Along with the protests, pro-Bolsonaro encampments sprang up outside Army garrisons in cities throughout country.
While the U.S. and global media immediately labeled the mass riot an ‘insurrection,’ just as they did with the 2021 Capitol Riot, there is little evidence these unarmed protesters posed any threat to the government in Brasilia, any more than the Capitol rioters did in Washington, DC.
It was mostly political theater.
But especially to the left-leaning American media, the ‘insurrection’ narrative is too good to pass up.
It’s an especially ridiculous narrative for Latin America which has suffered decades of real, deadly, armed leftist violence, terrorism, insurgency and insurrection.
And where mass protests, almost exclusively from Left, are a daily occurrence.
Brazil's Supreme Court removed the governor of Brasilia from office for 90 days over security failings.
At least 1,200 people have been arrested at a makeshift camp outside the army headquarters, and authorities are using dozens of buses to transport the detainees to police headquarters.
Bolsonaro condemned the Jan. 8 breaches of government buildings, saying on Twitter that peaceful demonstrations within the bounds of the law “are part of democracy,” but that “invasions of public buildings” went too far.
While he hasn’t conceded defeat to Lula, Bolsonaro in November authorized his chief of staff to begin a transition and has said he would abide by Brazil’s constitution.
That hasn’t kept Lula from following the playbook used by partisans in the U.S., blaming the ex-president for inciting the so-called ‘insurrection.’
This is a developing story. More to come.
To continue the parallels, let’s see if Lula's government creates a ‘January 8 Committee’ that will keep this riot alive and in the news for the next two years.
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