‘My father is not connected to the riots – He is isolated and licking his wounds,’ says Bolsonaro’s son

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‘My father is not connected to the riots – He is isolated and licking his wounds,’ says Bolsonaro’s son

“Don’t try to create a false narrative, as if Bolsonaro had anything to do with these irresponsible actions,” Flavio Bolsonaro said in a speech to the Senate

Flavio Bolsonaro, the senator and son of the former president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, insisted today that his father was not connected to Sunday’s riots in Brasilia, when his supporters stormed and damaged Congress, the Presidential Palace and the country’s Supreme Court.

“Don’t try to create a false narrative, as if Bolsonaro had anything to do with these irresponsible actions,” Flavio said in a speech to the Senate. “After the announcement of the results (of the presidential elections) he keeps silent, he licks his wounds, he is virtually isolated,” he said.

The former president was admitted Monday to a hospital in Florida, where he arrived at the end of 2022, 48 hours before his term ends. Today he said to CNN Brasil that he may end his trip to the US early due to the medical issues he is facing and return to Brazil before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Brazilian police have begun questioning about 1,000 protesters held in an overcrowded gymnasium in the capital after mobs ransacked public buildings on Sunday. Most of the far-right ex-president’s supporters were arrested on Monday when the army broke up a makeshift camp in Brasilia where protesters had started before storming government buildings. Demonstrators at a camp outside army headquarters were calling for a military coup to overturn the results of the October election and his election Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in the presidency, since Bolsonaro unfoundedly implied that fraud had been committed against him.

Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes, who is investigating the “anti-democratic” protests, said today that he will fight “terrorists” in Brasilia. “Democracy will prevail and Brazilian institutions will not bend,” Moraes said at the swearing-in of the new federal police chief.

However, it is already clear that the criminal investigation will be a challenge for the new government of the country.

The roughly 1,000 inmates at the high school sleep on the floor, some wrapped in Brazilian flags, and complained to a Reuters reporter that they are being held “indefinitely” and are not well fed. They were singing and taking pictures with their cellphones, according to videos posted on social networking sites.

About 200 other protesters are being held in a prison awaiting prosecution for their role in Sunday’s riots.

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