The Brazilian Prosecutor's Office filed charges against another 54 people for the attempted coup
They are charged before the Federal Supreme Court with the crimes of criminal association and incitement to crime for encouraging the Armed Forces to act against the constitutional powers< /h2>
FILE PHOTO. Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as security forces operate in front of Brazil's National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, January 8, 2023. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
The Brazilian Prosecutor's Office filed charges this Monday against another 54 individuals for the assault (attempted coup) on January 8 to the headquarters of Congress, the Federal Supreme Court and the presidential palace of Brasilia, bringing the defendants to 98.
All of them were detained in the camp set up by supporters of the former President Jair Bolsonaro in front of the Brazilian Armed Forces Headquarters in the capital, reported the Brazilian network Globo.
They are accused before the Supreme Court Federalof the crimes of criminal association and incitement to crime for encouraging the Armed Forces to act against the constitutional powers.
“There was an evident structure to guarantee the permanence and stability” of the protesters calling for a coup, explained the coordinator of the Strategic Group to Combat Anti-Democratic Acts, Deputy Attorney General Carlos Frederico Santos.
The plenary session of the Federal Supreme Courtwill decide whether to admit this complaint for processing and if, as requested by the Prosecutor's Office, the preventive detention of these 54 people is replaced by precautionary measures such as the prohibition of access to social networks, contact with the other investigated or a minimum distance of 500 meters to any facility
On the other hand, the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, accused his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, on Monday of having “inserted” into the Armed Forces. Navies of your country, two weeks after the coup uprising perpetrated by radical followers of the far-right in Brasilia.
Demonstrators, supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, on the roof of the National Congress building after breaking into the compound, Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Brasilia. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
“The Armed Forces do not exist to serve a politician, they exist to guarantee the sovereignty of our country. It is very well written in the Constitution. What happened is that Bolsonaro did not respect the Constitution and joined the Armed Forces, “Lula asserted at a joint press conference with his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, in Buenos Aires.
The Brazilian Head of State dismissed the Army Commander, General Júlio César de Arruda this Saturday, amid the climate of mistrust between the progressive president and sectors of the Armed Forces since the assault on the headquarters of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court on January 8.
He chose General Tomás Paiva as his replacement, who energetically defended democracy and the result of the presidential elections in October, from which Lula emerged victorious over a Bolsonaro who still does not admit defeat at the polls.
“I chose an Army commander that didn't work out and I had to choose another. I had a good talk with him (Paiva) and he thinks exactly the same as I have said about the Armed Forces,” Lula said from the Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Argentine government, where he met with Fernández on Monday.
During his speech, Lula reaffirmed his confidence in “putting things together” within the Brazilian Armed Forces, which “belong to the Brazilian State” and which, therefore, Therefore, “they must learn to coexist democratically”.
“Brazil will return to normality. The Armed Forces will fulfill their role, the Executive will fulfill its role, the Legislature will fulfill its role and, thus, Brazil will be fine”, stated the Brazilian president.
With information from Europa Press and EFE