HAVANA.- International organizations, heads of state and authorities from around the world reject the recent acts of violence against Brazil’s institutions and support the democratically elected government of the President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The Secretary General of Organization of the United NationsAntonio Guterres, on Twitter, condemned Sunday’s attacks on the headquarters of the Brazilian Congress, the Supreme Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
The will of the Brazilian people and the democratic institutions must be respected, the representative of the United Nations wrote, stressing that he had full confidence that this would be the case.
A statement from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty He considered the above acts serious, he warned, committed by neo-fascist groups trying to ignore Lula’s legitimate government.
The regional bloc called for vigilance against attempts to break the basic principles of democracy, such as respect for the law, institutions and election results.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs European Unionexpressed its dismay at the acts of extremism and violence in Brazil and reiterated its full support for President Lula da Silva and his government.
Solidarity with the Brazilian people and condemnation of the attempted coup were also ratified by the heads of state Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel; from Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; from Bolivian, Luis Arce; from Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador; from Colombia, Gustav Petro; and from ArgentinaAlberto Fernandez.
On the events in Brazil, the Pope Francisco warned today that growing political and social polarization is weakening democracy and not helping to solve citizens’ pressing problems.
Also the Secretary of State for the United States of AmericaOn the social network Twitter, Antony Blinken described the use of violence to attack democratic institutions as unacceptable.
This Sunday, hundreds of extremists, supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, stormed the headquarters of three powers in this South American country, in a terrorist attack that the authorities were able to control in a few hours.
According to official sources, around 300 people linked to the acts of vandalism have been arrested and investigations are ongoing.
Incidentally, President Lula da Silva said: “Whoever did this will be found and punished. Democracy guarantees the right to freedom of expression, but also requires that institutions be respected. There is no precedent in the country’s history for what they did today. So they should be punished.”
He reiterated that there was a lack of vigilance and protection in the capital and assured that they would find out who are the financiers of those who went to Brasilia and would pay everyone with the force of the law.
The Brazilian head of state ordered the intervention in the federal district (where Brasilia is located) that will last until January 31, with the aim of ending the serious threat to public order.
In this way, the coordinator of the intervention, Ricardo García (executive secretary of the Ministry of Justice), is subordinate to the President of the Republic and not to the district regulations, which contradict the actions necessary to carry out the action.
Lula da Silva took over the presidency on January 1 after winning the elections (in October 2022) on the second ballot with 50.90 percent of the valid votes against far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who opted for re-election to office.