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New Maidan in Brazil: what is happening and how the US is involved in it

Supporters of ex-president Bolsonaro stormed several government buildings in the country's capital.

Supporters of ex-president Bolsonaro stormed several government buildings in the country’s capital.

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History tends to repeat itself. Just a couple of days ago, America marked the second anniversary of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when thousands of citizens who disagreed with the results of the 2020 elections tried to seize the US Parliament building.

And now almost the same thing happened “down the meridian” – in Brazil, well-organized demonstrators occupied the buildings of the Supreme Court, the Congress (parliament) and the presidential palace. All this is happening against the backdrop of a protracted power vacuum: in the autumn elections in the “land of football and coffee”, the candidate from the left opposition, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, won by a tiny margin. However, the former leader, the “right-wing anti-globalist” Jair Bolsonaro, did not recognize the results, and his supporters, in the “best” traditions of Latin American democracy, began a protracted “Amazon Maidan”.

Clashes between mounted policemen and supporters of ex-president Bolsonaro.

Clashes between mounted policemen and supporters of ex-president Bolsonaro.

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The two presidents (Lula da Silva already held this post at the beginning of this century) share not only polar views, but also, let’s say, external allies. Thus, the winner of the election is oriented towards China and the leftist regimes of neighboring Latin American players, while the loser, Bolsonaro, is oriented towards the United States. True, here it is necessary to make the most important reservation: not for any United States, but specifically for “Trump’s America”. Similar rhetoric of both Jair and Donald – from moderate nationalism to denial of the coronavirus – is noted by everyone.

The rioters take out their anger on a glass goblet in one of the captured offices.

The rioters take out their anger on a glass goblet in one of the captured offices.

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Moreover, shortly before the New Year 2023, Bolsonaro paid a friendly visit to … Trump at his Florida estate. What the two comrades in views were talking about is, of course, not known. But perhaps they were analyzing the experience of the unsuccessful storming of the Capitol two years ago (there is still no evidence that Trump organized those riots, but the very technology of “challenging the election results through popular protests” does not become less effective from this).

The police used gas and rubber bullets to disperse.

The police used gas and rubber bullets to disperse.

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By the way, as journalists sarcastically remark, Bolsonaro entered the United States on a “visa for incumbent presidents”: either bungling, or the Washington elites, as usual, rely “on all horses at once” (although the current owner of the Oval Office, Joe Biden, publicly supported precisely Lulu da Silva).

Be that as it may, after the secret meeting of the two already former leaders, the Brazilian right almost literally repeated the “assault attack” of their American associates – only against government institutions in the “country of football”.

Officials assess the consequences of the pogrom at the residence of the head of state.

Officials assess the consequences of the pogrom at the residence of the head of state.

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The result, however, was similar to Washington. The army and police quickly recovered from the surprise and promptly ousted the Maidan activists from all strategic points. According to the Brazilian Minister of Justice, “200 demonstrators have been arrested”, and local authorities report that there are even more – about four hundred.

– We will find out who paid for the delivery of the demonstrators to the city of Brasilia [столицу страны — ред.] on seven hundred buses, officials loyal to Lula da Silva promise.

World leaders equally synchronously condemned the putsch attempt. For example, in the words of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, “violent attacks on democratic institutions are attacks on democracy that cannot be tolerated.”

Here we can recall that 8 years ago, when similar right-wing radicals, only Ukrainian, seized state institutions in Kyiv and overthrew the legitimate government, the West, on the contrary, hailed this as a “victory of freedom”…

Hundreds of people were arrested by the police.

Hundreds of people were arrested by the police.

A photo: REUTERS

The Russian Foreign Ministry, through its speaker Maria Zakharova, also condemned the current “Amazon Maidan”: “We proceed from the inadmissibility of attempts to violate the constitutional order. We express our support to the President of Brazil, Luis Lula, who took office on January 1,” the speaker of the ministry said.

So, we can assume that in the absence of external support (at least at the level of diplomatic solidarity), the protest of the “Bolsonarists” will fizzle out sooner or later. Brazil itself is the most important country in the BRICS, an informal alliance that includes Russia, and President-elect Lula da Silva expresses her readiness to continue constructive relations with Moscow.

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