Sao Paulo –Supporters for Brazil’s far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro invaded Sunday’s Supreme Court in Brazil and its Congressional Building and surrounded the presidential palace at Brasilia. These are the reactions of world leaders:
UNITED STATES SERETARY OF STATE, ANTONY BLINKEN
“We condemn today’s attacks on Brazil’s Presidency, Congress and Supreme Court. It is unacceptable to use violence against democratic institutions. We are united with @lulaoficial in calling for an immediate halt to such actions.”
MEXICAN PRESIDENT ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR
“The coup attempt to overthrow the Brazilian conservatives was pushed on by the leadership and fanatics of the oligarchic power. It is undemocratic and reprehensible. Lula isn’t alone. He has the support and cooperation of progressive forces in his country, Mexico, America, and around the globe.
WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JAKE SULLIVAN
“Any attempt to undermine Brazil’s democracy is condemned by the United States. The situation is being closely monitored by President Biden. We remain committed to Brazil’s democratic institutions. Brazil’s democracy will not suffer from violence.
ORGANIZATION AMERICAN STATES SERETARY GENERAL LUIS ALMAGRO
“We condemn the attack against the institutions of Brasilia. It is a reproachable action and an attack on democracy. These actions are unacceptable and fascist.
EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN CHIEF JOSEP BORELL
“Appalled at the violence and illegal occupation of Brasilia’s government quarter by violent extremists. We support Lula and his government as well as Congress and the Federal Supreme Court. Brazilian democracy will triumph over violence and extremism.
PORTUGAL’S FOREIGN MINISTER JOAO GOES CRAVINHO
“Without any doubt, the former president Bolsonaro is responsible. These anti-democratic protestors are hearing his voice. It would be important for him to send a message condemning the current disorder in Brasilia.
CHILEAN CHILEAN PRESIDENT GABRIEL BORIC
“The Brazilian government has all our support in this cowardly and vile attack against democracy.”
COLOMBIAN PRINCIPAL GUSTAVO PETRO
“All my solidarity with @LulaOficial, the people of Brazil. Fascism has planned a coup. … If the OAS (Organization of American States), wants to remain an institution, it must meet immediately.
ARGENTINE PRINCIPAL ALBERTO FERNANDEZ
“I reject what is happening in Brasilia. In the face of the attempted coup he is facing, @LulaOficial has my unconditional support.
FRENCH PRINCIPAL EMMANUEL MARCRON
“The will of Brazilian citizens and democratic institutions must be respected!” @LulaOficial President can count on France’s unwavering support.”
UNITED KINGDOM’S AMBASSADOR TO BRAZIL STEPHANIE AL-QAQ
“We condemn the violence of attacks on institutions in Brasilia today.” We reiterate our confidence in Brazil’s democracy, and the smooth operation of its democratic process.
VENEZUELAN PRINCIPAL NICOLAS MADURO
Bolsonaro’s Neo-Fascist Groups have attacked Brazil’s democratic institutions and we reject their violence. We support @LulaOficial as well as the Brazilian people, who will undoubtedly mobilize to defend peace and their president.”
URUGUAY’S FOREIGN MINISTRY
“Uruguay condemns violence against Brazilian institutions and asks for respect for democracy, law and government.”
PERU’S FOREIGN MINISTRY
The government of Peru strongly condemns the attack on the headquarters for Congress, the presidency, and the supreme Court of Brazil. It also rejects any attempt to ignore the legitimacy of the October 2022 election. We stand with President Lula in solidarity for Brazilian democracy and the rule of law.”
ECUADOREAN PRESIDENT GUILLERMO LASSO
“I condemn the acts of disrespect and vandalism committed against democratic institutions in Brasilia. They attack democratic order, citizen security. I support the legal regime @LulaOficial and my government.
BOLIVIA’S FOREIGN MINISTRY
“We condemn the violence against the democratic institutions of Brazil’s Federal Republic and we reiterate our support for our Brazilian brothers and their President Lula da Silva who were democratically elected at polls.”
SPANISH PRIME MINISTER PEDRO SANCEZ
“All my support for President @LulaOficial” and the democratically elected and free institutions of Brazil. We condemn the attack on the Brazilian Congress and call for an immediate return to democratic normality.
CUBAN PRESIDENT MIGUEL DIZ-CANEL
“We strongly condemn the violence and undemocratic acts of Brazil that were aimed at creating chaos, and discrediting the popular will that led to the election President Lula.”