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Brazilian detained over inauguration bomb plot

Brazilian detained over inauguration bomb plot

Brazilian detained over inauguration bomb plot

Brazilian detained over inauguration bomb plot

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  • Brazilian police said a guy tried to detonate an explosive device to “sow mayhem”.
  • Police said the 54-year-old suspect travelled to Brasilia on November 1.
  • The 54-year-old suspect said police he and other Bolsonaro followers planned it.
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An individual has been detained by Brazilian police after they claim he attempted to set off an explosive device in order to “sow chaos” before President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s inauguration on January 1.

According to authorities, the device that the man had concealed in a fuel truck outside of the airport in Brasilia never detonated.

The suspect admitted to police that he and other Jair Bolsonaro followers had come up with the scheme.

Police are looking for his potential accomplices.

The 54-year-old suspect admitted to police that he travelled to Brasilia on November 12 in order to take part in demonstrations in front of the army’s headquarters.

There, supporters of President Bolsonaro have been protesting for weeks, pleading with the security forces to step in and stop the inauguration of his chosen successor, Lula.

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Although there is no proof to back up their assertion, these ardent backers of the president of the far-right believe that the presidential election, which Lula narrowly defeated Mr. Bolsonaro in, was rigged.

In the lead-up to the election, Mr. Bolsonaro regularly sowed doubt about Brazil’s electronic voting system, which fueled his followers’ suspicion of the outcome.

The electoral court in Brazil has rejected his claims as unfounded, and his party’s attempt to contest the election results was also turned down, but many of his fans still believe the election was “taken” from him.

In order to stop “communism from taking hold in Brazil,” the suspect allegedly informed police that he and other demonstrators outside the army headquarters had chosen to “attempt to provoke an armed forces intervention.”

In an effort to prevent the swearing-in ceremony from happening, they had planned to set off a series of bombs throughout the city to persuade the army to proclaim a state of emergency.

At a press conference, Brasilia Police Chief Robson Cândido informed the media that the group had attempted to detonate the explosive device it had hidden on a gasoline truck parked at the airport, but it had been unsuccessful.

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The truck’s driver noticed the contraption and informed authorities.

According to Mr. Cândido, police were able to follow the suspect to an apartment where he was keeping “an arsenal of firearms.”

Flávio Dino, Brazil’s future justice minister, declared that after the incident, security precautions for Lula’s oath-taking on January 1 would be “re-evaluated and reinforced.”

Regarding the election and the transfer of power, he declared on Twitter that “democracy triumphed and will win.”

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