Jair Bolsonaro shares image of himself recovering in US hospital
Jair Bolsonaro shares image of himself recovering in US hospital following stomach complications as thousands of Brazilians gather to condemn his supporters who stormed government buildings
- Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to hospital in Orlando with severe abdominal pains
- He said the treatment was for ongoing complications from his 2018 stabbing
- Back home, thousands are marching against his supporters’ attack on congress
Jair Bolsonaro has posted an image of himself lying on a hospital bed recovering from treatment in Florida, while back home thousands are marching on the streets against his supporters’ attempted insurrection.
The nationalist former president was admitted to hospital in Orlando yesterday with ‘severe abdominal pains’, a day after rioters stormed the seats of government in Brasilia.
Last night, he said the procedure was a result of the ongoing medical complications from his stabbing at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora in 2018.
He told his followers: ‘After being stabbed in Juiz de Fora/MG, I underwent 5 surgeries. Since the last one, for 2x I had adhesions that led me to other medical procedures.
Jair Bolsonaro has posted an image of himself lying on a hospital bed recovering from treatment in Florida
‘Yesterday new adherence and discharge from hospital in Orlando/USA.
‘Grateful for the prayers and messages of prompt recovery.’
The ‘Trump of the Tropics’ was previously admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in January 2022 because of a blockage found in his intestines.
The 67-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen during his successful 2018 presidential campaign, losing nearly 40 percent of his blood.
Meanwhile in Brazil, thousands have marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo demanding the pro-Bolsonaro rioters who stormed and ransacked government buildings are jailed with ‘no amnesty’.
Brazilian police have already rounded up roughly 1,500 people after insurrectionists trashed Brazil’s Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace on Sunday, clashing with riot police in ugly scenes.
He was taken to Advent Health Celebration hospital in Orlando, Florida, on Monday
The 67-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen during his successful 2018 presidential campaign, losing nearly 40 percent of his blood (pictured moments after the attack)
Bolsonaro poses for a photo while sitting in his hospital room at the Albert Einstein Hospital, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, August 8, 2018
The president is pictured here on January 3, 2022, giving the thumbs-up from his hospital bed after being admitted for an abdominal problems, in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Demonstrators march holding a banner that reads in Portuguese ‘We are Democracy’ during a protest
A protester holds a sign reading ‘Bolsonarism is fascism’ on Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo yesterday
The majority were detained yesterday morning at an encampment in Brasilia outside an army headquarters were protesters are calling on the military to intervene and oust newly-elected Lula to replace him with the ousted Bolsonaro.
‘These people need to be punished, the people who ordered it need to be punished, those who gave money for it need to be punished,’ Bety Amin, a 61-year-old therapist, said on Sao Paulo’s main boulevard.
The word ‘DEMOCRACY’ stretched across the back of her shirt. ‘They don’t represent Brazil. We represent Brazil.’
Protesters’ push for accountability evokes memories of an amnesty law that for decades has protected military members accused of abuse and murder during the country’s 1964-85 dictatorship.
The Federal Police’s press office told The Associated Press the force plans to indict at least 1,000 people, and has begun transferring them to the nearby Papuda prison.
The administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says that is only the start.
Members of social movements protest in defence of democracy, holding a banner reading ‘respect my vote’
Thousands of people gathered in the main cities of Brazil to repudiate the attacks perpetrated on the Presidential Palace, Congress building and Supreme Court
Thousands have marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo demanding the pro-Bolsonaro rioters who stormed and ransacked government buildings are jailed with ‘no amnesty’
Justice minister Flávio Dino vowed to prosecute those who acted behind the scenes to summon supporters on social media and finance their transport for crimes including organized crime, staging a coup, and violent abolition of the democratic rule of law.
He also said authorities would investigate allegations that local security personnel allowed the destruction to proceed unabated.
‘We cannot and will not compromise in fulfilling our legal duties,’ Dino said. ‘This fulfillment is essential so such events do not repeat themselves.’
Lula signed a decree ordering the federal government to assume control of security in the capital Sunday. It was approved by Congress’ Lower House on Monday night, and now proceeds to the Senate.
The riot in Brasilia was a reminder of the threat to democracy posed by far-right elements that refuse to accept Bolsonaro’s electoral defeat.
Protesters’ push for accountability evokes memories of an amnesty law that for decades has protected military members accused of abuse and murder during the country’s 1964-85 dictatorship
The Federal Police’s press office told The Associated Press the force plans to indict at least 1,000 people for Sunday’s attempted coup
Members of social movements protest in defence of democracy a day after supporters of Brazil’s far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Congress
Since his October 30 loss, they have camped outside military barracks, pleading for intervention to allow Bolsonaro to remain in power and oust Lula. When no coup materialized, they rose up themselves.
Decked out in the green and yellow of the national flag, they broke windows, toppled furniture and hurled computers and printers to the ground.
They punched holes in a massive Emiliano Di Cavalcanti painting at the presidential palace and destroyed other works of art.
They overturned the U-shaped table where Supreme Court justices convene, ripped a door off one justice’s office and vandalized a statue outside the court. Hours passed before police expelled the mob.
‘It’s unacceptable what happened yesterday. It’s terrorism,’ Marcelo Menezes, a 59-year-old police officer from northeastern Pernambuco state, said at a protest in Sao Paulo. ‘I’m here in defense of democracy, I’m here in defense of the people.’
Cries of ‘No amnesty!’ were also heard during Lula’s Jan. 1 inaugural address, in response to the president detailing the neglect of the outgoing Bolsonaro administration.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has waxed nostalgic for the dictatorship era, praised a notorious torturer as a hero and said the regime should have gone further in executing communists. His government also commemorated the anniversary of Brazil’s 1964 coup.
A demonstrator wearing a mask depicting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a protest
The riot in Brasilia was a reminder of the threat to democracy posed by far-right elements that refuse to accept Bolsonaro’s electoral defeat
Political analysts had repeatedly warned that Bolsonaro was laying the groundwork for an insurrection in the mold of that which unfolded in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
For months, he stoked belief among hardcore supporters that the nation’s electronic voting system was prone to fraud – though he never presented any evidence and independent experts disagreed.
Results from the election, the closest since Brazil’s return to democracy, were quickly recognized by politicians across the spectrum, including some Bolsonaro allies, as well as dozens of other governments.
The outgoing president surprised nearly everyone by promptly fading from view, neither conceding defeat nor emphatically crying fraud. He and his party submitted a request to nullify millions of votes, which was swiftly dismissed by the electoral authority.
None of that dissuaded his die-hard backers from their conviction that Bolsonaro belonged in power.
In the immediate aftermath of the riot, Lula said that the so-called ‘fascist fanatics’ and their financial backers must be held responsible. He also accused Bolsonaro of encouraging the uprising.
Bolsonaro denied the president’s accusation Sunday. Writing on Twitter, he said peaceful protest is part of democracy, but vandalism and invasion of public buildings cross the line.
Authorities are also investigating the role of the federal district’s police in either failing to halt protesters’ advance or standing aside to let them run amok.
Prosecutors in the capital said local security forces were negligent at the very least.
A supreme court justice temporarily suspended the regional governor, who oversees the force, for what he termed ‘willful omission’. Another justice blamed authorities across Brazil for not swiftly cracking down on ‘homegrown neofascism.’
The upheaval finally prompted municipal and state governments to disperse pro-Bolsonaro encampments outside military barracks that have lasted since the election. Their tents and tarps were taken down, and residents were sent packing.
But pro-democracy protesters on Monday sought to ensure that their message – ‘No amnesty!’ – was heard by the authorities responsible for investigating and prosecuting, as well as far-right elements who might dare defy democracy again.
‘After what happened yesterday, we need to go to the street,’ said Marcos Gama, a retiree who protested Monday night in Sao Paulo. ‘We need to react.’
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