European Interest

The storming of the Brazilian democratic institutions

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Bolsonaro with United States President Donald Trump at the White House, 19 March 2019.

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the respect for human rights in Brazil.

Parliament expresses solidarity with democratically elected President Lula Da Silva, his government and Brazilian institutions and condemns in the strongest terms the criminal actions perpetrated by supporters of ex-president Jair Bolsonaro, urging them to accept the democratic outcome of the elections.

MEPs welcome the efforts to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation to identify and prosecute those involved, the instigators as well as state institutions that failed to act in order to prevent the attacks.

They highlight a recent decision taken by the Supreme Court to approve federal prosecutors’ request to investigate ex-President Bolsonaro as he ‘may have contributed, in a very relevant way, to the occurrence of criminal and terrorist acts’.

Ex-president Bolsonaro’s supporters must accept the outcome of the elections; concern about rising transnational fascism, racism and extremism

The events in Brasília, the storming of the US Capitol in January 2021 and the December 2022 arrests in Germany of 25 individuals who sought to re-establish the German Reich are connected to rising transnational fascism, racism and extremism, MEPs warn. They underline the importance of regulating social media platforms to prevent misinformation and hate speech.

The resolution was adopted by 319 votes in favour, 46 against with 74 abstentions.

For more details, full text will be available here.

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