Revoke Bolsonaro’s visa, 41 Democrats ask the Biden government

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Forty-one Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives called on Thursday for the administration of President Joe Biden to cooperate with Brazil’s investigation into violent protests in that country and to revoke any visa for the former president. Jair Bolsonaro.

They sent a letter asking the government to support democracy and the rule of law in Brazil. “In addition, we must not allow Mr. Bolsonaro or any other former Brazilian official to take refuge in the United States to escape justice for any crimes they may have committed while in office,” the letter said.

Far-right Bolsonaro flew to Florida two days before his term was due to end on January 1 and leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office.

Bolsonaro supporters looted Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace on Sunday, calling for a military coup to annul the October election won by Lula.

Bolsonaro has said on social media that he would return to Brazil ahead of schedule for medical reasons. He has denied inciting his supporters and said the rioters “crossed the line”. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle. Editing in Spanish by Javier Leira)

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