The far-right attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions was a warning sign – international solidarity with Lula is crucial

By Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative

On January 8th, a mob of far-right protesters stormed the Brazilian capital attacking Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace. Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, who still refuse to accept the election result, laid waste to the offices, artwork and the buildings themselves while carrying banners and placards calling on the military to carry out a coup.

Brazil’s history has many examples of military coups and coup-attempts, with Latin America’s most populous country only returning to democracy in 1985, twenty-one years after the military coup against President João Goulart.

This context is an important factor when assessing the January 8th attack – this was an assault on democracy itself, and these acts of violence, intimidation and vandalism were aimed at undermining President Lula da Silva’s newly elected Government.

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Lula’s robust reassertion of democracy, social progress and the rule of law in Brazil

By Dr Francsico Dominguez

On 8th January 2023, a week after Lula’s presidential inauguration, the world was shocked by a Trump-style mob attack on key state institutions in Brasilia, the country’s capital city. The world saw media images of thousands of Bolsonaro supporters invading Planalto (presidential palace), and the premises of both the Supreme Court and Parliament, who, when inside proceeded to vandalise just about everything within their reach whilst taking selfies of themselves.

It was a Bolsonarista insurrection aimed at not recognising Lula’s victory and keeping Jair Bolsonaro in power. Flavio Dino, Lula’s minister of justice, reported that Bolsonaristas had perpetrated similar acts of vandalism in at least ten states.

Former president Jair Bolsonaro, who refused to recognise his electoral defeat against Workers’ Party (PT) candidate, Inazio Lula da Silva on 31st October 2022, had conveniently traveled to Florida (30th December 2022) ostensibly not to be present at Lula’s inauguration but most probably not to be directly associated with the 8th January coup attempt if it failed.

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Ask your MP to show support for democracy after the far-right attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions

By Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative

On January 8th, we saw a shocking far-right attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions. The attack was carried out by supporters of Bolsonaro who refuse to accept the election result.

This was a clear attempt to undermine President Lula’s newly elected government and disrupt democracy through violence, intimidation and vandalism. It’s crucial that we show our international support for the democratic will of the Brazilian people.

Brazil Solidarity Initiative Chair Richard Burgon MP has launched an Early Day Motion condemning the attack and showing solidarity with President Lula – please take 2 minutes to lobby your MP to sign! 

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STATEMENT: Solidarity with Lula against the violence, vandalism and intimidation of the January 8th attack on democracy

The Brazil Solidarity Initiative condemns the attack on the Brazilian Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace which was carried out on Sunday 8th January by supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who refuse to accept his recent election defeat.

The far-right attack was a clear attempt to undermine Lula da Silva’s newly elected Government and disrupt democracy through violence, intimidation and vandalism.

This action echoes the disturbing rise of political violence towards Lula’s supporters and Brazilian Workers Party (PT) officials in the run up to the Presidential election.

We give our solidarity to all Brazilians standing in defence of democracy and join the call for justice and vigilance against further far-right attacks. Lula’s administration must be allowed to govern without fear of violence, any further attacks on democracy must be challenged and condemned internationally.


ITUC condemns extreme right attack in Brazil

By the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Supporters of defeated President Jair Bolsonaro, who left the country prior to the inauguration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, were behind the attacks, with some elements in the security forces standing by and even encouraging rioters.

President Lula has condemned the “incompetence, bad faith or malice” of those elements of the security forces, and a Supreme Court Justice has placed Ibaneis Rocha, the pro-Bolsonaro regional governor responsible for the capital district, under a 90-day suspension.

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Lula’s Inauguration Speech

President Lula da Silva’s inauguration took place on January 1st, 2023, kicking off his third term in office and bringing an end to a dark period of far-right rule under Jair Bolsonaro. You can read the full speech, kindly translated by Brasil Wire below:

“I want to begin by giving a special greeting to each and every one of you, a way of remembering and repaying the affection and strength that I received every day from the Brazilian people represented by the Lula Livre vigil, in one of the most difficult moments of my life.

Today, in one of the happiest days of my life, the greeting I give you could not be any other, so simple and at the same time so full of meaning: Good afternoon, Brazilian people!

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Watch and listen back: Celebrating Lula’s victory with Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn and more!

By the Brazil Solidarity Initiative

On Monday, November 11th, we held an online celebration and rally in support of Lula’s historic election victory in Brazil. The meeting was joined by hundreds of activists from around the globe and heard inspiring messages of support from an excellent panel!

You can now watch the meeting back on YouTube or listen to it as a podcast on Spotify!

With…

Noam Chomsky // Jeremy Corbyn // Nathalia Urban, Brasil Wire // Richard Burgon MP // Julia Felmanas, PT London coordinator // Mareila Kohon, TUC International Officer // Celia Dignan, NEU International Officer.


Rally: Celebrating Lula’s Victory – Building Solidarity

Lula’s victory in Brazil is a victory for democracy, social progress, our environment and equality – and a huge win for progressives all around the world.

Join us at this unique online event with special solidarity speakers and guests from Brazil to celebrate Lula’s win – and stand in solidarity against far-right reaction: Celebrating Lula’s Victory – Building Solidarity!

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Join us to celebrate Lula’s Victory of Hope over Bolsonaro’s Hate

By Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative

Celebrations are sweeping across Brazil following Lula’s historic victory in the Presidential election over incumbent far-right Jair Bolsonaro.

With 98.8% of the vote counted, Lula has won the election by over two million votes, beating Bolsonaro by 50.8% to 49.2%.

Lula and the Brazilian Workers Party (PT) overcame an orchestrated misinformation and smear campaign, political violence aimed at Lula’s supporters, and continued attacks on the electoral system from the far-right.

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British Parliamentarians launch a motion in support of Lula and Brazilian democracy

By Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative

With the second round of the presidential election coming up fast, join us in taking action to support Lula and the defence of Brazilian democracy. 

In response to far-right President Boslonaro’s threats against the electoral system, and the shocking rise of political violence aimed at Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) supporters and officials, an Early Day Motion has been launched by Richard Burgon, Brazil Solidarity Initiative Chair, in parliament – please take 30 seconds to email your MP and ask them to sign.

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