saw parallels between Brazil and the U.S. political system.
MIAMI — One day after former president Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Brazilian government buildings, Vitor, who lives in Orlando in Florida, has condemned violence in Brazil.
Bolsonaro backer Spier said that he expected some kind of response from former president.
Spier stated, “We don’t believe that he won through the will of people,” referring to Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, the new President of Brazil.
Bolsonaro’s and his allies’ views echo those of Spier.
Brazilian Americans opposed to Bolsonaro shared the expectation of violence back in Brazil.
Alinio Azevedo from Brazil, who lives in Aspen Colorado, said, “This isn’t a surprise for anyone.” Bolsonaro had been discussing this topic for several months. … This was completely avoidable.”
Bolsonaro visited Orlando last week, where he met supporters from the growing Brazilian American population. Florida has many Latin American expats. Many of them support centre-right politics. They have gravitated towards the Republican Party which has fostered this growing voter bloc.
Florida has a very permissive atmosphere, especially for the ex-president, according to Eric Farnsworth (Vice President at the Council of the Americas and Americas Society). It’s an area where Latin Americans feel welcome and comfortable.
Bolsonaro posted a photo from his bed on Monday, claiming that he was being admitted at Kissimmee Hospital, Florida. Bolsonaro stated that he is “well” after being admitted to a hospital in Kissimmee, Florida. He added that he expected to be released within the next few days.
His supporters met outside Jose Aldo’s home, a former Brazilian MMA fighter, before Bolsonaro went to hospital. They wanted to show their support.
Ricardo Molina, an Orlando realtor posted a YouTube video that showed what looked like the ex-president leaving the house to meet supporters before Lula was inaugurated. Molina didn’t respond to our request for comment.
Allies and long-standing connections to Trump
Many are making parallels to the U.S. Capitol riot of 2021 after an angry mob of Bolsonaro supporters invaded the Presidential Palace, Congress, and Supreme Court. Many people are focusing on Bolsonaro’s longstanding relationships with his family, former President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist.
Unfounded allegations of fraud in elections, similar to those made in the U.S.A, surfaced in Brazil after Bolsonaro’s defeat.
Bannon posted a video to Gettr, an alt-right platform that shows protestors rushing into Congress and calling them “Brazilian freedom Fighters” following Sunday’s riot.
Bannon falsely repeated the phrase “Lula stole Election” several times.
Before the election, Bannon said that Bolsonaro could lose only if the machines steal it.
Eduardo Bolsonaro is the son of former President and is also a Congressman. He has been to Trump’s meetings with Bannon many times since the election in 2019.
Trump’s allies brought many of his campaign strategies from the US to Brazil in the lead up to the Brazilian presidential election.
In 2021 Brazil, the Conservative Political Action Coalition hosted a conference. Among its guests were Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), who voted against certifying 2020’s election results. The speakers attacked rivals, calling them communists and criminals.
Eduardo Bolsonaro presented on election fraud in Sioux Falls (South Dakota) in August 2021 at an event hosted Mike Lindell. Mike Lindell is a pillow executive who has been one of the most vocal voices against Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
Lindell and Bannon cheered Eduardo Bolsonaro as they discussed election fraud and conspiracy theories, and “fake news.”
Tens of thousands protesters began to camp outside of military installations throughout Brazil after Bolsonaro lost in October.
Eduardo Bolsonaro visited Trump in Mar-a-Lago. Bolsonaro and Bolsonaro were joined by other Bolsonaro members to consult with Trump supporters.
Trump did not respond to the attacks on Brazil’s capital.
Other similarities were found in the events that led to Jan.
Laura Pereira (a Brazilian researcher who specializes in social media) said that protesters used WhatsApp, Telegram, and YouTube to plan and finance the uprising.
Pereira stated that digital media were used not just to disinformation but to coordinate and carry out the activities. It’s like an information ecosystem about the need for Brasilia to be acted upon. [steal] The power to protect Bolsonaro and rebel against democracy
She said that “disinformation was an increasing part of our elections,” and called it a “challenge concerning democracy and the Internet generally.”
January 6 Parallels but an important distinction
Bruna Santos is a senior advisor at the Brazil Institute at Woodrow Wilson Center. She says there’s one major difference between Brazil’s Riot and Jan. 6.
Santos stated that the primary issue was the timing. The Capitol attack had the clear goal of stopping Joe Biden from swearing in to prevent his win becoming a forgone conclusion. Brazil was, however, where all the time limits (declaration, swearing in, and inauguration) were met before any rioting occurred.
Santos stated, “it implies that the probability of a coup succeeding right now is far less remote,” as the fast reaction from the international community shows.
Farnsworth said that the timing of the riot was not about Bolsonaro returning to Brazil. Bolsonaro doesn’t seem interested in that. He said that he had left Florida because of this.
They are more concerned with Lula not being able to hold power. Farnsworth spoke out about possible consequences for the new president.
Since Sunday, approximately 1,500 protestors have been held. It’s the most serious attack on democracy in nearly 40 years.
People who saw the violence coming say that police could have done more. Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered Sunday that Ibaneis Rodcha, the governor of the Federal District which is home to the capital be removed from office because of the violence.
This was something that everyone knew. “Why didn’t police from the [Federal District] Azevedo stated that they would do everything to prevent it. There is an open discussion on social media about them coming together.