Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies may be preparing to mount a military coup in the world’s largest democracy, according to an influential group of former presidents, prime ministers and prominent public figures on the left.
An open letter claims that the demonstrations that Bolsonaro supporters are organizing on Tuesday pose a danger to democracy and amount to an insurrection inspired by the attack by Donald Trump supporters on the United States Capitol on January 6.
They claim that nationwide marches by Bolsonaro supporters against the Supreme Court and Congress, involving white supremacist groups, military police and public officials at all levels of government, are “stoking fears of a coup in the third largest democracy in the world. “
Among the signatories are José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former Spanish Prime Minister Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister Jeremy Corbyn, former British Labor leader Fernando Lugo, former Paraguayan President Caroline Lucas, British Green MP and Adolfo Pérez. Esquivel, the Argentine Nobel laureate and human rights activist.
They note that on August 10, Bolsonaro “led an unprecedented military parade through the capital city of Brasilia, while his allies in Congress pushed for radical reforms to the country’s electoral system that, according to him, are critical ahead of the next presidential elections. anus”.
The president himself said on August 21 that the marches were in preparation for a “necessary backlash” against Congress and the Supreme Court. His message claimed that Brazil’s “communist constitution” had taken power away from him and accused “the judiciary, the left and a whole apparatus of hidden interests” of conspiring against him.
The open letter warns: “Members of Congress in Brazil have warned that the mobilization on September 7 was inspired by the insurrection in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, when then-President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to ‘stop the theft’ with bogus Voter Fraud Claims in the 2020 presidential election.
“We are deeply concerned about the imminent threat to Brazil’s democratic institutions, and we are vigilant to defend them before September 7 and after. The people of Brazil have fought for decades to ensure the democracy of the military government. Bolsonaro must not be allowed to steal it now. “
Other signatories include Ernesto Samper Pizano, former president of Colombia, Cori Bush, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French presidential candidate, and Manon Aubry, the French MEP.
More than 5,000 police officers will reportedly be deployed to protect Congress amid fears that it may suffer the same fate as the United States Capitol after Trump’s defeat. Left-wing leaders have urged supporters to avoid clashes by not holding counter-protests, while the US embassy has told citizens to stay away.
On Thursday, the president of the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice, Luiz Fux, said that people should be aware of the “judicial consequences of their actions”, regardless of their political leanings. “Freedom of expression does not imply violence and threats,” warned Fux.
Polls show that 60% of voters will not vote for Bolsanaro under any circumstances in next year’s election, and voters are furious at his chaotic handling of the Covid crisis.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism