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UPDATE - EU condemns storming of Brazil’s Congress

UPDATE - EU condemns storming of Brazil’s Congress
Police intervened with tear gas to disperse hundreds of pro-Bolsonaro protesters


By Burak Bir and Seda Sevencan

LONDON (AA) - European Union leaders condemned a raid Sunday by supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the National Congress.

Hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters stormed the National Congress building while shouting slogans and demanding intervention by the army. They broke through a police barrier and entered the Congress building.

Bolsonaro supporters also managed to invade and ransack the Planalto Palace, or President's office, and the Supreme Federal Court, according to Brazil news portal G1.

As the raids were taking place, European Council President Charles Michel extended his full support for Brazil’s recently elected President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"My absolute condemnation of the assault on the democratic institutions of Brazil," Michel said on Twitter.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, also expressed his full support for Lula, saying that Brazilian democracy will prevail over violence and extremism.

"Appalled by the acts of violence and illegal occupation of Brasilia's government quarter by violent extremists today," Borrell said in a tweet.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez "strongly condemned" what happened in the Congress and called for returning democratic normalcy.

British Ambassador to Brazil Stephanie Al-Qaq also condemned the attacks on the country's institutions in a Twitter post that was retweeted by the British Foreign Office.

“We condemn the violent scenes of attack on institutions today in Brasilia. We reaffirm our confidence in the strength of Brazil's democracy and in the smooth functioning of its democratic process.”

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also expressed "the full support of the UK” on Twitter, saying “the violent attempts to undermine democracy in Brazil are unjustifiable.”

“Deeply disturbed by the scenes in Brazil’s capital Brasilia today,” Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin tweeted.

Martin expressed Ireland’s condemnation of “this violent attack on democratic institutions and fully supports” Lula and Brazilian democracy.

Lula was sworn in for a third term as Brazil's president in the capital Brasilia on Jan. 1.

On Oct. 30, 2022, he beat far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a tight race, garnering 50.9% of the vote compared with Bolsonaro’s 49.1%, according to Brazil's Supreme Electoral Court.

source: News Feed
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