The Federal Police of Brazil deployed this Thursday a vast operation against very close allies of the former president Jair Bolsonaro, among several of them military, for attempting a coup d'état to keep the now far-right former president in power and prevent the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. For the same reason, a judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil ordered the former president to hand over his passport within 24 hours.
The decision was made by magistrate Alexandre de Moraeswho is conducting investigations in the high court into the coup plot which, according to the authorities, acted during and after the elections of 2022 to keep Bolsonaro in power.
According to the Brazilian press, among the objectives of the operation are the former ministers and army generals Walter Braga Netto, Augusto Heleno and Paulo Sérgio Nogueira, who were part of Bolsonaro's cabinet (2019-2022), and the former Navy commander, Almir Garnier Santos.
It is also being searched former Minister of Justice Anderson Torreswho was already being investigated for the coup attack on January 8, 2023 carried out by Bolsonaro supporters, and Valdemar Costa Neto, the president of the Liberal Party (PL), led by the former Brazilian president.
What happened on January 8, 2023?
On January 8, 2023, a group of protesters supporting the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, They assaulted government institutions in Brasiliathe capital of the country.
Bolsonaro supporters take over Parliament in January 2023. Photo: EFE
Protesters They arrived in Brasilia in buses and trucks from various parts of the country, summoned by Bolsonaro through social networks.
Upon arriving in Brasilia, the protesters first headed to the National Congress, where they broke security barriers and entered the building. Some of them carried banners and shouted slogans in support of Bolsonaro, while others clashed with police and security guards.
Some protesters managed reach the plenary session of Congress and caused damage in furniture and equipment. Meanwhile, another group of protesters headed to the Planalto Palace, the seat of the Brazilian government. There, they confronted the police and managed to enter the building, where they caused damage and looted some offices. They also tried to reach the presidential office, but were stopped by the security guard. They also attacked the Palace of Justice.
The situation remained tense for several hours, until finally the police and security guard managed to control the situation and evict the protesters from the government buildings.
“A criminal organization”
The Federal Police suspect that this group of politicians and military members a “criminal organization” what acted “in the attempted coup d'état” to “keep the then president of the Republic in power,” as the institution noted in a note.
Security forces confront a crowd of Bolsonaro supporters in the events of January 8. Photo: Reuters
The agents completed this Thursday 33 search warrants, 4 prison orders and 48 precautionary measures against those investigatedwhich include “the prohibition of maintaining contact” with the rest of the suspects and to leave the country; the suspension of their public functions and the obligation to hand over their passport.
The Federal Police did not specify who the prison orders issued by the Supreme Court are against.
The investigation indicates that the group investigated “was divided into nuclei of action to spread” suspicions of fraud in the 2022 elections, in which Lula defeated Bolsonaro, who was seeking re-election, “even before the elections were held.”
According to the Police, with this strategy They sought to “legitimize a military intervention.”
Those investigated supposedly they built a narrative to sow doubts about the election results through false information about the electronic ballot boxes that the country has used since 1996 in its electoral processes and that never caused problems.
According to the Federal Police, there was a second core of action that “consisted of the practice of acts to subsidize the abolition of the Democratic State of Law, through a coup d'étatwith the support of military personnel with special forces knowledge and tactics in a politically sensitive environment.”
Those facts They culminated in the riot of January 8, 2023. Lula had assumed power a week earlier.
Bolsonaro is being investigated for this episode for inciting his acolytes to take power by force.
With agency information