Some will see it as a symbol of more than one divided country. Nearly one in five Brazilians approve of the invasion and looting of seats of power by supporters of far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday in Brazil, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Atlas Institute.
To the question “Do you agree with the actions of the demonstrators who occupied the Congress, the Presidential Palace and the Supreme Court”, 18.4% of respondents answered in the affirmative, 75.8% did not agree, and 5.8% refrained from answering.
Moreover, 53% of respondents consider this invasion “completely unjustified”, 27.5% consider it “partially justified” and 10.5% “completely justified”. Slightly more than half (50.2%) of respondents believe that Jair Bolsonaro is responsible for the riots. This survey was conducted on Monday and Tuesday with a representative sample of 2,200 people.
Bolsonaro’s relative was the subject of an arrest warrant
On Sunday, several thousand Bolsonarists who refused to recognize the return to power of leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wreaked havoc in Brasilia in the face of a completely overwhelmed police force, but many experts see them as complacent and even accomplices.
VIDEO. Brazil: Looting places of power by Bolsonaro’s supporters
They invaded the most emblematic places of power of Brazilian democracy, located very close to each other, around the Plaza of the Three Powers, in the heart of the futuristic capital. Inside, the rioters destroyed everything in their path, including rare furniture and priceless works of art.
Several hundred people have been arrested and the authorities are investigating to identify those who financed and organized these riots. Anderson Torres, the far-right leader’s former justice minister, is facing an arrest warrant issued by a Supreme Court judge for allegedly colluding with the riots as the capital’s security minister, a position he was fired from after the events.