Brasilia: “My intelligence” services failed ahead of January 8 riots when supporters of Jair Bolsonaro stormed the Brasilia buildings, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva mentioned.
In an interview to TV channel GloboNews, Lula mentioned: “We made an elementary mistake, my intelligence did not exist (that day). We have Army intelligence, Air Force intelligence, ABIN (Brazil’s Intelligence Agency); none of them warned me.”
The newest remarks come inside hours after Lula dismissed 13 extra navy officers who have been assigned to the National Security Advisor’s workplace that’s chargeable for the president’s safety.
Earlier this week, 40 navy officers from the Alvorada presidential residence have been eliminated after Lula expressed his mistrust within the navy for failing to behave in opposition to supporters of former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro.
Notably, mere days ahead of the assault on the presidential palace, the Supreme Court and the Congress constructing, by supporters of far-right ex-president Bolsonaro, Lula mentioned the rioters doubtless had inside assist and suspected there was collusion by “people in the armed forces”.
“I had the impression it was the beginning of a coup d’état,” Lula mentioned concerning the riot.
After the assault, the Brazilian president ordered an intensive staffing evaluation, saying he was “convinced that the door of the Planalto (presidential) palace was opened for people to enter because there are no broken doors.”
Lula careworn that he would favor to take care of civilized relations with Brazil’s armed forces, however famous that they have to not be politicised.
Later this week, Lula is anticipated to fulfill the Army, Navy and Air Force commanders.
“I don’t want to have problems with the forces, nor they with me. But those who want to be involved in politics should take off the uniform, resign from office and then enter politics,” Lula mentioned.
Brazil assault in comparison with Jan 6 Capitol riots
On January 8, supporters of Bolsonaro attacked presidential palace in Brasilia which was instantly in comparison with the 6 January US Capitol riots carried out by followers of Donald Trump in 2021.
Lula was not in Brasilia on the time of the assault and he additionally gave an indignant speech blaming Bolsonaro for the chaos and promising that “anyone involved will be punished”.
Lula, a veteran leftist, was sworn in as Brazil’s new president on 1 January in celebrations attended by scores of Brazilians.
The 77-year-old secured a 3rd time period after defeating Bolsonaro in October in the course of the tightest presidential race in a long time.
Lula slim victory in October’s election, nonetheless, has not been accepted by hundreds of pro-Bolsonaro extremists, who have been tenting exterior military bases throughout nation and calling for a navy coup.