Hundreds of Brazilians attacked their seats of power Sunday. Many demanded that far-right ex-President Jair Bolsonaro be restored to energy and newly inaugurated leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva eliminated.
It was a scene harking back to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol two years in the past.
Right here in San Diego, native Brazilians mentioned they’re devastated by what occurred, however not stunned.
“It’s a tragic second for Brazilians total,” mentioned Roberto Rocha, a visiting economics professor from Brazil at San Diego State College. He mentioned the rise of the far-right motion in South America is worrisome.
“It is a populism, and it is a menace to Latin America total and we have to control it,” he mentioned. “And doing this — taking place this in Brazil — it might pave the best way to another nations. Yeah, that is for certain.”
Kristal Bivona, the affiliate director of the Middle for Brazilian Research at SDSU, mentioned the pictures on Sunday have been surprising however not sudden. She mentioned right-wing teams have been publicizing their plans on social media.
“We all know that people who find themselves concerned within the worldwide far-right motion, like Steve Bannon, have been concerned in coordinating with Brazil,” Bivona mentioned Monday. “And so, I suppose it was shocking that it occurred yesterday as a result of many individuals anticipated an occasion like this could occur both earlier than the inauguration, as an try to intervene in Lula coming to energy.”
Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris condemned the assault on Brasilia after swearing within the U.S.’ latest ambassador to Brazil.
“Effectively, let’s be clear, this was an apparent and clear assault on a democratic course of and we condemn it, after all,” she mentioned. “I may even say that — as I’ve mentioned to the ambassador, Ambassador (Elizabeth) Bagley — that I am very assured in her capability to symbolize the US and to increase to President Lula all that we imply by way of the work that we are going to do collectively as allies on a number of the most vital points dealing with our world.”
Abner Sotenos is a visiting Ph.D. scholar at UC San Diego from Rio de Janeiro who focuses on Latin American Historical past, particularly Brazilian historical past. He mentioned he hopes the Brazilian authorities will act swiftly to carry the insurrectionists accountable.
“I hope that Supreme Court docket, the Parliament, the president and media agree that we can not have this case once more in Brazil,” he mentioned. “I count on that the regulation will likely be put in follow.”