Brazil riots has deeply concerned PM Modi. His response came hours after supporters of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro raided national Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed concern on the riots in Brazil and extended support to government authorities, underlining that “democratic traditions must be respected by everyone”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted and tagged Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva “Deeply concerned about the news of rioting and vandalism against the State institutions in Brasilia. Democratic traditions must be respected by everyone. We extend our full support to the Brazilian authorities.”
The Prime Minister’s response came hours after hundreds of supporters of Brazil’s far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro raided the national Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court. President Lula has condemned the riots as a “fascist” attack. Bolsonaro has denied any role in the violence and condemned the “pillaging and invasions”.
During October elections in Brazil Leftist leader Lula, 77, took office a week ago after beating Bolsonaro. After that Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting outside army bases, calling for a military intervention to stop Lula from taking power since he defeated Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro has rejected President Lula’s “baseless” accusations that he encouraged the riots.The ex-president — who left Brazil for the US state of Florida tweeted that — also defended the right to “peaceful protests”.
Reuters witnesses said Brazilian police have gathered at a camp where supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro have settled outside army headquarters in the capital city Brasilia.
The heavily armed police, many on horseback, could be seen lining up in front of the camp, where hardline supporters of far-right Bolsonaro could be seen with the green and yellow colors of the Brazilian flag draped over their shoulders. Some began to pray on their knees towards the police.
Tens of thousands of anti-democratic demonstrators on Sunday invaded the Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace in the worst attack on Brazil’s institutions since democracy was restored four decades ago, drawing global condemnation.