Lula fired 40 soldiers who were in charge of guarding the presidential residence during the coup attempt

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The decision was made by the Ministry of the General Secretariat of the Presidency. They all worked in the Alvorada administration, which is going through a series of tests after four years of being the home of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro

< p>Lula fired 40 soldiers who were in charge of guarding the presidential residence during the coup attempt

A flag is removed by institutional security agents in front of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

The Government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva this Tuesday dispensed with 40 soldiers who worked in the administration of the presidential residence, at a time of mistrust between the Brazilian president and the Armed Forces over the assault on the powers of radical Bolsonaristas on January 8.

The decision was made by the Ministry of the Secretariat General of the Presidency, who fired 40 soldiers who were part of the Administration Coordination of the Alvorada Palace, the residence of the head of state, in Brasilia, according to what was published in the Official Gazette.

Lula assumed power on January 1, but has not yet transferred to Alvorada, which is undergoing a series of experiences after four years as the home of ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro, who was defeated by the progressive leader in the October elections.

The change of personnel takes place furthermore, after a report in which the first lady of Brazil, Rosângela “Janja” da Silva, opened the doors of the palace to show various damages that she attributed to the period in which Bolsonaro occupied the residence.

Lula fired 40 soldiers who were in charge of guarding the presidential residence during the coup attempt

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

Lula's wife showed GloboNews camerasdamaged furniture, torn carpets, dirty sofas and part of the broken floor, among other mishaps for which she blamed the Bolsonaro family.

On that occasion, she indicated that she and her husband will only move to La Alvorada when a “complete inventory of what is inside” and the conditions in which they received it is carried out.

For On the other hand, the decision to do without those 40 soldiers comes amid the doubts raised by Lula about the performance of the Armed Forces in the attempted coup perpetrated by thousands of radical Bolsonaristas in Brasilia on January 8.

Lula fired 40 soldiers who were in charge of guarding the presidential residence during the coup attempt

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrating outside Congress in Brasilia (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

That day, a group of supporters of the far-right leader invaded and caused severe damage to the offices of the Presidency (Palacio de Planalto), Congress and the Supreme Court, with the intention of overthrowing Lula and returning Bolsonaro to power, who is being investigated for inciting the attack.

Last week, at a breakfast with journalists, Lula accused “many” police and military officers of having “collusion” with the chaos generated in the capital Brazilian.

“I am convinced that the door of the Planalto Palace was opened for those people to enter because there are no broken doors, that is, someone facilitated their entry”, he said.

(With information from EFE)

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