Biden condemns 'attack on democracy' in Brazil

Biden condemns ‘attack on democracy’ in Brazil

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Earlier on Sunday, Biden said the situation in Brazil was “outrageous”.

The violence was an echo of the US Capitol attack two years ago by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Thousands of protesters dressed in yellow and green rioted in the capital after Brazil’s Oct. 30 vote marked an end to months of tension. Bolsonaro, a Trump henchman who has not yet given up, fueled the false claim that Brazil’s electronic voting system was riddled with fraud, sparking a violent movement of those who denied the election.

US Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Twitter, “I condemn this outrageous attack on #Brazilian government buildings, incited by Bolsonaro’s utter disregard for democratic principles.”

“Two years on from January 6, Trump’s legacy continues to poison our hemisphere. It is essential to protect democracy and hold malign actors accountable.”

Bolsonaro flew to Florida 48 hours before the end of his term and was absent from Lula’s inauguration.

Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN that Bolsonaro “basically used the Trump playbook to inspire domestic terrorists to try to take over the government” and “is a dangerous man. “

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