Democrats urge Biden to revoke Jair Bolsonaro’s visa, while Lula accuses the military of aiding the January 8 rebels in Brazil.

AddressJanuary 13, 2023

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers have urged President Biden to revoke the diplomatic visa used by former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to stay in the United States after he fled Brazil ahead of the inauguration of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro resided in Orlando, Florida, while facing at least four criminal investigations in Brazil. In a letter to Biden, more than 45 House Democrats said they were concerned about the Jan. 8 attacks by Bolsonaro supporters in Brasilia against Brazil’s Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace. On Thursday, President Lula accused members of Brazil’s armed forces of complicity in allowing violent gangs of Bolsonaro supporters to enter government buildings.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: “It is important to say that many members of the military police were complicit. Many members of the armed forces were complicit. I am satisfied that the door to the Palace of Planalto was opened so that people could enter because I did not see any forced doors. This means that someone facilitated their entry We will investigate to find out what happened.”

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