Brazil, Bolsonaro supporters assault in Brasilia

Turkey condemns the assault by Bolsonaro supporters in Brazil

Turkey has joined the voices of international condemnation against the assault by Bolsonaro supporters in Brazil.

Turkey condemned this Monday the assault on Congress and other government institutions in Brazil by supporters of former President Bolsonaro, while expressing its support for the Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after the serious incidents that occurred yesterday, which Lula himself and others countries have not hesitated to qualify as a coup attempt.

“We condemn the acts of violence against the government led by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Congress and the Constitutional Court in Brazil,” the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement, while conveying its solidarity with the Brazilian government and people in the face of yesterday’s serious incidents. “It is important to respect the results of the elections and the democratic processes, which reflect the will of the people,” the statement added.

Numerous governments and political leaders around the world have reacted with astonishment and indignation at the assault that thousands of Bolsonaro’s supporters – who to date still does not acknowledge his defeat and remains outside Brazil – launched against the headquarters of Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace in Brasilia, calling for the intervention of the army to overthrow the recently re-elected President Lula da Silva.

One of the first governments to condemn the events was that of the United States, whose President Joe Biden condemned the assault in a message via Twitter: “I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support, and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined. I am looking forward to work with President Lula,” Biden wrote.

Not surprisingly, many have compared yesterday’s assault in Brazil with the assault on the US Capitol perpetrated 2 years ago by thousands of Trump supporters, when he also refused to acknowledge his defeat. The police needed several hours yesterday to be able to regain control and expel Bolsonaro supporters, while other incidents were also repeated in Sao Paulo. Following these events, Lula ordered the federal government to assume security tasks in Brasilia.