Lula returns forty soldiers assigned to Alvorada Palace, presidential residence

The Brazilian president had requested a “in -depth” examination of the staff following the attempt at an insurrection of January 8 in Brasilia.


The continuous purge in Brazil. Almost ten days after the attempt to insurrect in Brasilia by supporters of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, returned 40 soldiers assigned to his official residence.

The measure, published Tuesday, January 17 in the Official Journal, concerns soldiers working at the Alvorada Palace, located approximately 4 kilometers from the presidency, Congress and Supreme Court seats ransacked by bowls.

Lula had announced last Thursday a “in -depth” examination of the staff assigned to the presidency, saying that they were convinced that the rioters who had entered the presidential palace of the Planalto had benefited from aid from the interior.

Several thousand supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who refused his electoral defeat against Lula at the end of October, sowed chaos in the capital on January 8, invading the three centers of power. Infrastructure, invaluable works of art and furniture that is part of the national heritage were destroyed by the rioters, who left behind graffiti calling for a military coup.

Meeting with the Armed Forces

“I am convinced that the door of the Planalto Palace was opened so that people can enter, because no door has been broken,” said the leftist manager. “This means that someone has facilitated their entry here,” insisted Lula.

“How could I have someone at the door of my office who could shoot me?” Asked Lula, believing that “the palace was filled with bowlsonarists”.

The 77-year-old leader will try to meet the armed forces commanders by Friday, the Casa Civil Casa Ministry announced on Tuesday between a chief of staff and a Prime Minister.

It would be the first time that they have met after the government’s suspicions of a “collusion” supposedly between armed forces and rioters. According to Casa Civil, the exchanges will however relate to the “modernization” of the armed forces.

The Brazilian authorities strengthened security on Monday around power centers in Brasilia. The number of military police posted near the presidential palace of the planalto, the congress and the Supreme Court was increased from 248 to 500.

More than 2,000 people were arrested after this attempt as an insurrection, which the government described as “terrorist act”.

Nearly 1,200 have been imprisoned and the prosecution has initiated formal proceedings against 39 of them for an armed criminal association, assumption of heritage, violence against the democratic state and incitement to the coup.

/Media reports cited above.