Indian PM voices full support for Brazilian authorities

Democratic traditions must be respected by everyone, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

NEW DELHI, January 9. /TASS/. India is concerned about the unrest in Brazil and fully supports the current authorities of that country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

“Deeply concerned about the news of rioting and vandalism against the State institutions in Brasilia. Democratic traditions must be respected by everyone. We extend our full support to the Brazilian authorities,” he wrote on Twitter.

On Sunday, the supporters of ex-President Jair Bolsonaro clashed with police in the country’s capital and broke into the National Congress (Parliament) and other state institutions. The few security guards at the empty sites on Sunday were unable to rebuff the protesters who did not recognize the results of the October presidential election.

According to preliminary estimates, about 5,000 people participated in the riots. To disperse the demonstrators, the security forces used smoke bombs and tear gas grenades, including dropping them from a helicopter. Law enforcement officers are successfully regaining control over the buildings attacked by vandals, the detainees are sent to police stations.

Socialist Lula da Silva took office as President of Brazil on January 1, defeating Bolsonaro in the second round of elections. The gap between them was 2.1 million votes. The conservative did not admit defeat, and his supporters massively took to the streets and to the garrisons of the armed forces demanding that Lula da Silva not take office. At the end of December 2022, Bolsonaro left for the United States.

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