February 1, 2023

“There were a lot of people who were complicit in this among the military police. There were many people from the armed forces who were complicit,” Lula told reporters. “I am convinced that the gate of the palace was opened to allow these people to enter, because I did not see that the gate was broken.”

Lula has also intensified criticism of the military for doing nothing to discourage a two-month-old encampment of Bolsonaro supporters outside his headquarters, where they were clamoring for the military to annul the result of the presidential election.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has expressed distrust of the military following the protests. Credit:access point

More than a thousand people were arrested on the day of the January 8 riots, which had strong similarities to the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Congress by mobs who wanted to overturn the defeat of former President Donald Trump in the November elections.

Those now accused face the crimes of association to commit an armed crime, violent attempt to subvert the democratic rule of law, coup d’état and damage to public property, the Attorney General’s Office said in a written statement on Monday night. Their identities have not yet been revealed.

The attackers were not charged with terrorism because, under Brazilian law, such a charge must imply xenophobia or prejudice based on race, ethnicity or religion.

The attorney general’s office sent its charges to the Supreme Court after Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco last week provided a list of people accused of disrupting Congress. Other rioters are expected to be charged.

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Reuters, AP

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