US senators blame Bolsonaro for January 8, press for extradition


A little over a week before President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (PT) visit to the US, nine members of the Democratic Party presented a resolution in the country’s Senate asking President Joe Biden to promptly examine requests for extradition of former Brazilian officials linked to the coup attacks on the headquarters of the three Powers in Brasília, on January 8th.

The wording of the text obtained by the Sheet it was led by Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Relations. The material seeks to blame former president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) for having motivated what he calls a “violent siege” of institutions.

“We condemn the violent siege of the Planalto Palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court of Brazil carried out by supporters of the former president, an event that was fueled, in part, by disinformation disseminated over several months by Bolsonaro.”

Lula will meet on the 10th with Biden at the White House. The petista should also meet with Senator Bernie Sanders, another of the signatories of the text.

In the material, congressmen urge digital platforms and messaging applications to adopt concrete measures to combat the disinformation that proliferates in Brazil and to work with Brazilian authorities to understand the possible role they played in facilitating and expanding the violent acts of January 8.

One of the topics on the agenda of Lula and Biden in Washington is precisely the regulation of digital platforms, in addition to right-wing extremism and the defense of democracy.

In addition to Menendez, one of the most influential senators in the US Congress, and Sanders, Tim Kaine, Dick Durbin, Chris Murphy, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen signed the resolution.

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