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Reactions to Riots in Brazil: Outrage and Solidarity

Status: 09.01.2023 00:44

Several governments condemned the attacks in Brazil and supported President Lula. Support was “unwavering”, it said from the US. France and Mexico also showed solidarity.

US President Joe Biden has strongly condemned the attack on the Brazilian government district by supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Biden told reporters during a visit to the US southern border on Sunday evening. His national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, wrote on Twitter that the US condemns any attempt to undermine democracy in Brazil. American support for the country’s democratic institutions is unbroken.

Two years ago, the United States experienced something similar: on January 6, 2021, supporters of then-President Donald Trump violently stormed the House of Representatives in Washington. 5 people were killed in the attack.

Support from Paris and Mexico City

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged France’s support for President Lula da Silva, declaring that the will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also condemned the “conservative coup attempt,” he wrote on Twitter. Brazilian President Lula is not alone, he has the support of progressive forces in his country, Mexico, the United States and the world.

European Union representatives also spoke. “He condemned the attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions,” EU Council President Charles Michel wrote on Twitter on Sunday. He pledged his “full support” to current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell said he was “horrified” after “violent extremists” attacked three buildings in Brasilia.

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