Investigated by prepare a coup d'état towards the end of his Presidency to stay in power, former president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022) called on his followers to defend him in the streets in an event that will take place on Sunday February 25 on Paulista Avenue, the main artery of São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.
“I want to defend myself against all the accusations that have been made against me in recent months,” said Bolsonaro, who noted that The act will be “peaceful.”
This is the first response he gives to the investigation by the Supreme Federal Court against a conspiracy that emerged in 2022 during his administration to try to carry out a coup d'état and ignore the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the general elections of that year.
“On the last Sunday of February, the 25th, at 3 p.m., I will be on Paulista (Avenue) in a peaceful act in defense of our democratic State of Law,” said the former president (2019-2022) in a video message released on their social networks.
Jair Bolsonaro in a complicated moment. Photo: EVARISTO SA / AFP
On Thursday, Supreme Judge Alexandre de Moraes confiscated the passport of former President Bolsonaro in the framework of a mega-case in which Two soldiers and the former advisor are detained of international affairs of the Presidency, the Trumpist Filipe Martins.
The magistrate also ordered 34 raids in the homes of former heads of the Armed Forces and former ministers of the Bolsonaro administration.
The former far-right president, disabled until 2030 by order of Justice for having falsely questioned the Brazilian voting system before foreign authorities, asked that the march not be “against anyone” but requested that his followers go dressed in green and yellowthe national colors.
Raids on the Liberal Party. Photo: Sergio Lima / AFP
In the video, he said that the world should know the opinion of his political sector, and closed his message with the phrase “God, country, family and freedom.”
Among his relatives he is being investigated his son Carloscouncilor of Rio de Janeiro, for commanding an illegal core of dissemination of 'fake news' from the presidency between 2019 and 2022.
Last Thursday he was arrested – and released two days later – the president of the Bolsonarist Liberal Party, Valdemar Costa Neto, in whose raided home he was found a gun without authorization to carry it y gold nuggets allegedly smuggled from illegal mining.
The case is linked to the attempted coup d'état of January 8, 2023 that Bolsonaro's followers perpetrated against Lula.
Bolsonarists take over Parliament in January 2023. Photo: Sergio Lima / AFP
As disclosed by the Supreme Federal Court, Bolsonaro led cabinet meetings – the recording of which is public – ordering his ministers to line up to spread 'fake news' about the electoral system.
In the process file it appears that Bolsonaro supported the writing of a draft who was preparing a self-coup d'état before leaving power on December 31, 2022, which included arrest Judge Moraes and intervene in the electoral justice system, annulling Lula's victory.
Lula defeated Bolsonaro by 50.9% against 49.1% in runoffa result that the entire political arc endorsed except the former president.
In the video in which he calls for the February 25 demonstration, Bolsonaro appears dressed in a national soccer team shirt.
With agency information