The elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT)said this Saturday, 19, that “bolsonarism is alive” and made an appeal for left-wing militancy not to respond to extreme right in the same currency.
“Democracy is not a pact of silence, it is a society in progress. But those who were defeated now did not know how to lose and ended up in a process that we did not know in Brazil: the violence of the extreme right”, said Lula, during a brief visit to Portugal, on his return trip from COP-27, in Egypt.
There, the president-elect met with the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the country’s prime minister, António Costa. The meetings were symbolic, because they mark the diplomatic resumption between the countries. Relations between Brazil and Portugal cooled with the government Jair Bolsonaro🇧🇷
“We defeated Bolsonaro and won the elections, but Bolsonarism is alive. But we are going to defeat him without using the methods they use against us”, completed Lula.
The petista’s speech took place amid a series of protests made by Bolsonaristas who question the result of the elections. Since the second round, extreme right-wing militants have set up camps in front of Brazilian headquarters, where they are asking for military intervention. Assaults on authorities also increased again. STF ministers were the target of curses during their trip to New York earlier this week. In Portugal, members of Lula’s entourage were also harassed, to the point that the Portuguese police had to step in.