Brazil: heavy thunderclouds

What happened last Sunday in Brasilia, with thousands of Bolsonaro supporters (mixed with people who were paid to travel to the Brazilian capital) literally destroying the headquarters of the three powers, made the tension continue to hang like heavy clouds over the country. . The devastation made evident the complicity, by omission, of both the government and the Military Police of the capital. But also broad sectors of the security forces identified with the far-right ex-president, as well as the apathy of the Armed Forces in the face of danger.

The images of the tremendous destruction carried out by the participants in the attempted coup continue to shock the country.

It is true that the measures adopted by both the Justice and the Lula da Silva government are harsh, forceful and widely supported by law. There are some 500 detainees, people who were part of the camp in front of the general command of the Army in Brasilia, and another 300 participants in the acts of terrorism on Sunday were imprisoned.

However, arresting terrorists and mainly punishing their financiers and organizers will not be enough to definitively ward off the dangers that continue to hang over our heads.

Yes Jair Bolsonaro (Photo) suffers a strong and undeniable corrosion, it became clear that “Bolsonarism” remains firm and strong. The dangers implanted in the country by the far-right were not eliminated. On the contrary, they are on the surface.

It is enough, for example, to see the huge number of retired soldiers, politicians exercising mandates and public officials who came together in the invasions and depredations that occurred in Brasilia.

inert armed forces

The way in which the Armed Forces remained inert while Bolsonaro supporters planted themselves in front of barracks and military installations is another sign of danger. In addition to retired military personnel, many of the participants were direct relatives of active military personnel. That is the only possible conclusion to explain the inertia of the commanders. If they were camps for landless workers or students demanding rights, the reaction would be forceful violence.

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The police forces of Brasilia are another symptom of the high risk we are experiencing: much more eloquent than allowing the displacement of the terrorist protesters was seeing how police groups have clearly adhered to the demonstration, even while the destruction of highly representative public buildings was taking place.

The more than reactionary retired general Hamilton MourĂ£o, who was Bolsonaro’s deputy and is now an elected senator, harshly criticized the imprisonment of terrorists in Brasilia. The big question is: how many active soldiers will think like him?

Those who organized, summoned and financed Sunday’s terrorism may go to jail. But how many more like them live scattered throughout the country?

Bolsonaro revealed and brought to the surface what is worst, most abject and most dangerous in Brazil. And everything indicates that even the far-right extremists knew that there were so many. Lula is surrounded by mice of the worst kind, minor officials that make up the government structure. How long will it take to get rid of that group?

They are part of the disastrous legacy of the ultra-rightist who chose to flee in Orlando, Florida, and who now says he will return to Brazil. He opted for that, even knowing that he will face Brazilian justice, for fear of being directly extradited by Washington.

Will his presence and the expected arrest serve to set the horde of his mindless followers on fire again? It is not known. But we all know that there is more danger ahead.

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