Brazil: Lula says he is convinced that Jair Bolsonaro “prepared coup” January 8

The Brazilian President said on television on Thursday that it was “certain” that his far -right rival, beaten in the presidential election, was the brain behind the attack on the government buildings of Brasilia made in The aim of preventing its accession to power.

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It is a strong and filter accusation carried by the president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, says Lula, towards his rival Jair Bolsonaro.

“Today, I am aware and I say it loud and clear: this citizen [former president Bolsonaro] prepared the coup”, of January 8, 2023, declared, Thursday, February 2, Lula in an interview with the local television channel Redetv! .

On January 8, thousands of supporters of Bolsonaro, unhappy with Lula’s victory over his far -right rival during the presidential election of October 2022, invaded and vandalized the presidential palace, the Congress and the Supreme court.

“I am sure that Bolsonaro actively participated in this and still tries to participate,” added Lula, asked about the role of the former president in these events. “They wanted to do this mess on January 1, but they realized that they could not do it because there were too many police officers and too many people in the streets,” added the current president who won Clearly in the second round with 50.9 % against 49.1 % for Jair Bolsonaro.

“We still have to defeat Bolsonarism”

A Brazilian judge decided to include the ex-leader, who left Brazil for Florida at the end of December, in the investigation which aims to determine who is at the origin of the ransacking of Brazilian institutions.

These statements by President Lula are taking place the same day as those of Senator Marcos Do Val, who assured that he had participated in a meeting with the ex-president where it was a question of preventing Lula’s coming to power.

“We have defeated Bolsonaro, but we have to defeat Bolsonarism,” said President Lula in local TV interview.

According to lawyers by Jair Bolsonaro, the latter filed a request for extension of his six-month visa to stay in the United States. He denies having any link whatsoever with the events of January 8.

/Media reports cited above.