Protesters invade Congress, STF and Planalto Palace. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

The terrorist and coup-like invasion of the headquarters of the National Congress and the Federal Supreme Court (STF), seven days after the inauguration of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, generated appalling images around the world. International reactions were forceful in defense of democracy and against the attitude of Bolsonarist criminals, with charges to multilateral organizations.

The president of United States, Joe Bidensaid today that the situation in Brazil is “outrageous”, after Bolsonaro supporters invaded Congress, the Planalto Palace and the STF (Federal Supreme Court) building.

The Secretary of State for USA, Antony Blinken, said he condemns the attacks on the Presidency, Congress and the Federal Supreme Court today. “Using violence is always unacceptable. We join Lula in calling for an immediate end to these actions.”

the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, said that “the will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected! President Lula can count on the unconditional support of France”.

the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, gave all his solidarity to President Lula “and to the people of Brazil”. “Fascism decides to strike a blow. The rights could not keep the pact of non-violence. It is urgent time for the OAS to meet if it wants to stay alive as an institution and apply the democratic charter. We proposed to strengthen the inter-American human rights system by applying current norms and expanding the charter to women’s, environmental and collective rights, but the answer is parliamentary coups or violent coups from the extreme right.”

the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, said that democracy is the only political system that guarantees freedoms and obliges us to respect the popular verdict. “Those who try to disrespect the will of the majority threaten democracy and deserve not only the corresponding legal sanction, but also the absolute rejection of the international community.”

He even expressed his repudiation of what is happening in Brasilia. “My unconditional support and that of the Argentine people for Lula in the face of this coup attempt that you are facing.”

“Let us demonstrate with firmness and unity our total adherence to the government democratically elected by Brazilians headed by President Lula. We stand together with the Brazilian people to defend democracy and never allow the coup-mongering ghosts promoted by the right to ever return.”

Those who try to disregard the will of the majority threaten democracy and deserve not only the corresponding legal sanction, but also the absolute rejection of the international community.

“As president of Celac and Mercosur, I put the member countries on alert so that we unite in this unacceptable anti-democratic reaction that tries to impose itself in Brazil”.

Evo Morales, former president of Boliviaspoke of “bolsonarists’ coup-like actions that attacked Congress and other pillar institutions of democracy in Brazil”.

“Our solidarity with brother Lula and the Brazilian people. Bolsonarista law follows the example of Donald Trump and does not accept defeat,” said Morales.

The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, also reacted quickly condemning the coup. “The conservative coup attempt in Brazil, encouraged by the leaders of the oligarchic power, their spokespersons and fanatics, is condemnable and anti-democratic. Lula is not alone, he has the support of progressive forces in his country, Mexico, the American continent and the world.”

Gabriel Boric, president of Chile, also expressed support for Lula. “Unacceptable attack on the three powers of the Brazilian State by Bolsonarists. The Brazilian government has our full support in the face of this cowardly and vile attack on democracy.”

Even the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitezand the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, defended democracy against violence. “We are following with concern the events that are taking place in Brazil. The path must always be respect for institutions, democracy, freedom and non-violence,” said the Paraguayan.

“I condemn the actions of disrespect and vandalism perpetrated against the democratic institutions of Brasilia, as they threaten democratic order and citizen security. I express my support and that of my government for Lula’s legally constituted regime, said Lasso”

And Venezuelacame the support of the president Nicolas Maduro, the squid. “We categorically reject the violence generated by Bolsonaro’s neo-fascist groups that have attacked Brazil’s democratic institutions. Our support for Lula and the Brazilian people who will certainly mobilize in defense of peace and their president.”

Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain, also demanded democratic normality. “I fully support President Lula and the institutions freely and democratically elected by the Brazilian people. We strongly condemn the assault on the Congress of Brazil and call for an immediate return to democratic normality.”

Miguel Diaz-CanelPresident of Cuba, expressed support and solidarity with the Lula government. “We vehemently condemn the violent and anti-democratic acts that took place in Brazil, with the aim of generating chaos and disrespecting the popular will manifested with the election of President Lula. We express all our support and solidarity with Lula and his government.”

Luis AlmagroSecretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), spoke of fascist actions. “We condemn the attack on institutions in Brasilia, which constitutes a reprehensible action and a direct attack on democracy. These actions are inexcusable and fascist in nature.”

Ignacio Ybañez, Ambassador of the European Union in Brazil, in turn, supported the Brazilian democratic institutionality. “Following with great concern the undemocratic acts and violent actions in Praça dos Três Poderes, in Brasília. All our support to Brazilian institutions.”


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