Letters from an American: January 10, 2023

Sat, 21 Jan 2023 23:10:11 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"National security scholar Maria W. Norris of Coventry University, who is
covering events in Brazil, reports that today, President Luiz Inácio Lula da
Silva gathered around him the president of the supreme court and the governors
or vice-governors of each state, the senators, the attorney general, and
congressional representatives, all of whom condemned the coup. Many had been
staunch supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro, but since the coup
failed, they have thrown their lot behind Lula. After they declared their
support, Lula led them through the vandalized buildings, symbolically
reclaiming them.

Lula and his administration say that police worked with the rioters, and a
judge has approved warrants for the arrest of two key law enforcement officials
close to Bolsonaro: Anderson Torres and Colonel Fábio Augusto Vieira. Police
have also searched Torres’s home. Pro-Bolsonaro groups have been camped near
military posts and buildings since the election; it appears the
insurrectionists’ plan was to induce the military to join them.

In the wake of the unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the government, Bolsonaro
supporters are claiming that the attack was by leftists who infiltrated a
peaceful protest. Police have so far arrested about 1500 participants."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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