LatinNews Daily - 16 January 2023

US condemns storming of Brazil’s institutions

Brazil: On 8 January, the US government condemned the actions of the supporters of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) who stormed Brazil’s presidential palace, congress and supreme court (STF) the same day, calling for a military coup to overthrow the results of the 30 October presidential run-off election. US President Joe Biden tweeted his condemnation of “the assault on democracy and on the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil” and stated that “Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined.” Biden also said he looked forward to continuing to work with Brazil’s newly inaugurated leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken similarly tweeted that “using violence to attack democratic institutions is always unacceptable” while US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that US support for Brazil’s democratic institutions was “unwavering”. The US government is also facing pressure over the continued presence in the country of Bolsonaro, who has been in the US since the end of last year. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted that “the US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida,” while Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) told US media outlet CNN that Bolsonaro should be extradited to Brazil.

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