The inauguration of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be guarded by “100%” of the capital’s police force, an official said Tuesday amid concerns, a Brazilian official said. widespread violence.
Over the weekend, a man was arrested after allegedly placing explosives in a fuel truck near Brasilia airport, hoping to sow “chaos” ahead of the Games. Inauguration Sunday.
The suspect is a supporter of the outgoing far-right president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaroand told the authorities that he wanted to “prevent the establishment of communism in Brazil” under the leftist regime Lula.
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On Sunday, “will mobilize 100% of the police force of the Federal District (of Brasilia) to ensure the safety not only of the president, but also of foreign delegations and the public,” the Secretary of Security future of Lula Flavio Dino said. reporters.
Lula’s supporters have expressed concern on social media about riots or attacks on inauguration day, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend events in Brasilia.
But Dino sought to ensure that the event would be “safe” and “peaceful”, encouraging Brazilians to take to the streets to celebrate.
He added that “nothing has changed” to the plans for the ceremony, in response to speculation that Lula might conduct her inaugural parade in a closed car instead of a classic convertible. traditional.
After Lula defeated Bolsonaro with 50.9% of the vote in the second round of elections in October, supporters of the defeated president blocked roads and protested outside the army barracks demanding that the armed forces page to prevent Lula’s inauguration.
On December 12, pro-Bolsonaro protesters clashed with police and set buses and cars on fire in Brasilia.
“Small extremist and terrorist groups will not corner the institutions of Brazilian democracy,” Dino said.
Bolsonaro, who has limited his public appearances after the defeat, did not confirm that he would follow the tradition of handing the presidential belt to Lula at Sunday’s ceremony.