Bolsonaristas’ actions in Brasilia on Sunday (8) had global ramifications – and were rejected by representatives of many countries and international organizations.
The invasion and looting of public buildings, such as the Planalto Palace, the Supreme Federal Court (STF) and the National Congress, has led to demonstrations by several world leaders.
See below a summary of the main posts released by foreign representatives in the last few hours.
US President Joe Biden announced on Twitter that he “condemns the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil.”
“Brazilian democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined,” he wrote.
Biden has also announced that he wants to work with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Workers’ Party).
Still in the US, several members of Congress from the Democratic Party have called for the expulsion of former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), who has been in Florida since December 31.
“We must stand in solidarity with Lula’s democratically elected government. The United States must stop granting Bolsonaro asylum in Florida,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York congresswoman.
Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin “strongly” condemned what happened in Brasilia.
The representative also confirmed that Russia supports President Lula.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote on Twitter that he “condemns any attempt to undermine the peaceful transfer of power and the democratic will of the people of Brazil”.
“President Lula and his government have the full support of the United Kingdom and I look forward to strengthening the close relationship between our two countries in the years to come.”
French President Emmanuel Macron posted a statement in French and Portuguese on social media.
He stated that “the will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected”.
President Lula can count on the unconditional support of France.
Augusto Santos Silva, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Portugal, said he wanted to “express a firm rejection of the attack on the Brazilian Congress”.
“All solidarity with the Brazilian democratic institutions, especially with the Senate and Chamber of Deputies,” he said.
The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, issued a note claiming to have had a telephone conversation with Lula shortly after the invasion.
“These actions, in addition to being unconstitutional and illegal, are unacceptable and inadmissible in a democracy, reinforcing Portugal’s full support and solidarity with the legitimately elected authority in Brazil.”
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also expressed concern about the invasion of Brasilia.
“What is happening in Brazil cannot leave us indifferent,” he wrote on Twitter. “Images of disruption in institutional offices are unacceptable and contradict any form of democratic dissidence.”
“Returning to normal life is urgent, and we show our solidarity with Brazilian institutions,” he added.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said at a press conference on Monday (9) that the country opposes what happened in Brasilia.
“China is carefully watching the situation and firmly opposes the violent attack against the federal authorities in Brazil,” he said.
Moreover, Wen Bin said that the Chinese government “supports the measures taken by the Brazilian government to calm the situation, restore social order and maintain national stability.”
Alberto Fernandez, President of Argentina, wrote that “Democracy is the only political system that guarantees freedoms and obliges us to respect popular rule.”
“I want to express my disapproval of what is happening in Brasilia. [Declaro] “My support and that of the Argentine people, Lula, in the face of the coup attempt they are facing,” he wrote.
Fernandez also stated that as president of Mercosur, he would put the bloc’s member states on alert. The goal, he said, is “unity in the face of this unacceptable anti-democratic response that is trying to impose itself in Brazil.”
Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, offered “all solidarity with Lula and the Brazilian people”
“The Right has failed to uphold the Nonviolence Pact. It is an urgent time for the OAS to come together [Organização dos Estados Americanos] If it is to survive as an institution for the implementation of the Democratic Pact.”
Uruguay’s President, Luis Lacalle Poe, shared an official note from the country’s foreign ministry and said, “We regret and condemn the actions that have taken place in Brazil that attack democracy and institutions.”
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, wrote that he condemned the “attacks on Brazilian democratic institutions”.
“The will of the Brazilian people and the country’s institutions must be respected.”
He concluded by saying, “I am sure that this will happen. Brazil is a great democratic country.”
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