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After Congress Storm: Thousands of Brazilians Demand Consequences

A day after supporters of ousted President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress in Brasilia, thousands of Brazilians are calling for consequences and tough criminal prosecutions.

These people must be punished. The people who ordered it must be punished. “Those who financed his financing should be punished,” Betty Amin, 61, said in Sao Paulo. The people who stormed the Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace in Brasilia, the capital, will not represent Brazil.

Abandoning punishment “could avoid tensions in the short term, but prolong instability,” said political expert Luis Felipe Miguel in a commentary. The country should have learned this lesson after the end of the military dictatorship.

At that time, it was decided that the military would not be held accountable for the killings and disappearances.

Bolsonaro has left a Florida hospital

Meanwhile, Brazil’s far-right ex-president Bolsonaro has been discharged from hospital after a short stay. According to media reports, shortly after his supporters attacked Brazilian institutions, the former president was treated in a hospital in Orlando, Florida.

According to the Brazilian newspaper “O Globo”, Bolsonaro suffered from severe abdominal pain. At a campaign event in September 2018, a mentally ill man stabbed Bolsonaro and inflicted severe abdominal injuries on him. Since then, Bolsonaro has repeatedly had to go to the hospital to be treated for pain.

Attacks on Conferences: Similarities and Obvious Differences

The images were almost identical: similar to what happened almost two years ago, when radical supporters of the ousted US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, it was the mob in Brasilia that followed this example. Bolsonaro’s supporters invaded the most important building of democracy in the country. Indeed, there are similarities between the two events, but there are also significant differences.

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