Brazil Riots: Pro-Bolsonaro Supporters Vandalise Govt Offices, PM Modi Expresses Concern

PM Modi Expresses Concern Over Brazil Riots, Supports New President  - Sakshi Post

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed deep concerns over reports of rioting in Brazil by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro and asserted democratic traditions must be respected by everyone. Modi tweeted, "Deeply concerned about the news of rioting and vandalism against the State institutions in Brasilia. Democratic traditions must be respected by everyone. We extend our full support to the Brazilian authorities he wrote in support of the new Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who took charge last week.

The supporters of far-right leader Bolsonaro who refused to accept his election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidential palace in the Brazilian capital on Sunday.

Lula who is assuming office for the third time after far-right incumbent Bolsonaro’s reelection bid failed. His return to power has been widely supported by his followers, however, opponents are against his comeback, which has led to these riots.

Police were called in and a massive evacuation continues in Brazil and reports state that the police have regained control of the government buildings. At least 180 people have now been arrested so far.

The United States condemned any effort to undermine democracy in Brazil  and President Joe  Biden  tweeted that he looked forward to continuing to work with Lula, calling the riots an “assault on democracy and on the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil.”     

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also tweeted in support of the Brazilian government. “The violent attempts to undermine democracy in Brazil are unjustifiable. President @LulaOficial and the government of Brazil have the full support of the UK, " he said

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also said on Twitter that he condemned the assault on Brazil's democratic institutions but he was confident “the will of the Brazilian people and the country's institutions” would be respected

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