January 8, 2023

UPDATE: Via CNN: Brazilian President President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in Araraquara, Brazil surveying areas damaged by recent floods. CNN reports that he described the events taking place in Brasília as “barbaric” and called the Bolsonaro protesters who breached the government buildings “fascists," in a press conference earlier today.

“These people are everything that is abominable in politics, to invade the government headquarters, the headquarters of Congress and the headquarters of the Supreme Court like true vandals destroying everything in their path,” Lula said.

Lula also said there was a “lack of security” and said “all the people who did this will be found and punished.”

Remember when Trump supporters and the right-wing media went ballistic when President Joe Biden labeled MAGA Republicans as "semi-fascist," then they started doing fascist things like CPAC aligning itself with Hungarian President Viktor Orbán? And then there's the conservatives' hard-on for Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, who is also an election denier.

Well, now Brazil is suffering from the same attack we endured when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to overturn the election results. Bolsonaro supporters stormed the country's congressional building, the Supreme Court, and the Planalto Presidential Palace.

Via CNN:

Footage showed massive crowds walking up a ramp that leads to the congressional building, where they had reached the Green Room, located outside the lower House of Congress' chamber, Interim Senate President Veneziano Vital do Rogo told CNN Brasil.

Images from other outlets showed them entering the Supreme Court and the presidential palace.

The breaches come about a week after the inauguration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose return to power after a 12-year hiatus comes after he defeated Bolsonaro in a run-off election on October 30.

Supporters of Bolsonaro – who has left Brazil and is currently in the United States – have been camped out in the capital of Brasília since then. Justice Minister Flavio Dino had authorized the Armed Forces to set up the barriers and guard the congressional building Saturday due to the continued presence of pro-Bolsonaro supporters.

MAGA did this.

Fascism is spreading thanks to MAGA. And this is happening close to the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack. Expect Bolsonaro and his supporters to claim that the attackers look like tourists. You know the routine.

UPDATE: From David Adler on Twitter. His entire thread is excellent, and worth following.


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