Top judge says unrest of such magnitude could not have happened without authorities’ approval
Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Sunday dismissed the governor of the Federal District of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, from his post for 90 days after right-wing supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro took storming government buildings in the capital.
Riots of such magnitude, which saw thousands of protesters invade Congress, the Supreme Court and the Planalto presidential palace on Sunday, “could only take place with the approval and even the effective participation of the competent authorities”, said the judge, explaining his decision.
The fact that large demonstrations by Bolsonaro supporters, unhappy with his November election defeat to left-wing opponent Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are brewing is well known and widely reported in the media, he pointed out. .
According to the judge, Ibaneis “not only made public statements defending a fake ‘free political demonstration in Brasilia’…he also ignored all calls from the authorities to implement a security plan.”
The actions of the rioters were “contemptible,” Moraes said, while pledging that those who orchestrated and participated in the events would be held accountable.
“Brazilian democracy will not be shaken, much less destroyed, by criminal terrorists,” insisted the judge.
Moraes ruled that camps outside military bases set up by pro-Bolsonaro protesters should be removed within 24 hours, while ordering social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to block users’ accounts broadcasting inflammatory content.
Police arrested at least 400 people as they worked to restore order in the capital on Sunday. Newly sworn in Brazilian President Lula has declared a state of emergency, which will remain in effect in Brasilia until the end of the month. Justice Minister Flavio Dino described the chaos in Brasilia as an attempt “kick” and promised more arrests.
Late Sunday, Governor Ibaneis posted a video apologizing for the situation that unfolded on his watch, tagging protesters “true vandals” and “The Terrorists.”
“At no time did we believe that these protests would take on the proportions they have,” he added. he claimed.
Bolsonaro responds to accusations of rioting in Brazil
Bolsonaro, who is now believed to be staying in Miami, Florida, wrote on Twitter thatdemonstrations… are part of democracy. However, the depredations and invasions of public buildings as they occur today… are beyond the rule. The former president also claimed that left-wing protesters in Brazil were responsible for similar actions in 2013 and 2017.
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