Shaken by the pro-Bolsonaro insurrection, Lula dismisses soldiers responsible for his security.
Published on 18.1.2023
RT reports that confidence does not reign in Brasilia: Lula, back in business, dismissed 13 soldiers responsible for his security in a context where supporters of his rival Jair Bolsonaro ransacked places of power.
The Brazilian government has fired 13 security personnel, continuing the purge ordered by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after the Jan. 8 riots in Brasilia.
The information was published on January 18 in the Official Gazette, one day after the announcement of the dismissal of 40 soldiers assigned to the presidential residence of Alvorada, located in the capital, where the seats of the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court were ransacked by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro.
The returned soldiers were part of the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI), a government body responsible for assisting the president in his national security and defense policy.
A palace “full of Bolsonarists”?
The announcements come a week after the 77-year-old leader expressed his distrust of some law enforcement officers charged with his security.
Lula had announced the previous week a “thorough” examination of the staff assigned to the presidency, saying he was convinced in particular that the rioters who had entered the presidential palace of Planalto had benefited from help from within.
“How could I have someone at the door of my office who could shoot me?” he asked himself, believing that “the palace was filled with Bolsonarists”.
Several thousand supporters of the former president, who rejected his electoral defeat by Lula at the end of October, wreaked havoc on January 8 in the capital, invading and ransacking the centers of power.
Bolsonaro soon charged?
Jair Bolsonaro, who left Brazil for the United States two days before Lula’s inauguration, denies any involvement in the uprising. However, he is under investigation.
Some 1,400 suspected rioters were still in detention on January 18, while the investigation continues to try to find the organizers. So far, 39 people have been officially charged.
Attorney General Augusto Aras said in an interview with a local television station that another 200 people would be charged over the next two weeks. Anderson Torres, Bolsonaro’s former justice ministerwho was in charge of security in Brasilia but was abroad at the time, was arrested on suspicion of collusion when he returned home.
On January 18, he appeared before investigators for a first statement but chose to remain silent, according to the G1 news portal. He also denies any involvement in the attempted insurrection.