Presidential palace opened to rioters from inside, says Lula

The presidential palace was opened to rioters from inside ;laughing, said Lula


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he was convinced on Thursday that the protesters who invaded the presidential palace in Brasilia on Sunday had received help from within and announced a “profound” reassessment of personnel . 

“I am convinced that the gate of the Planalto palace has been opened so that people can enter, because no door has been broken,” the left-wing leader said during his first breakfast with journalists since his inauguration on January 1.

“That means someone made it easy for them to get in here,” he insisted.

“How could I have someone at my office door who could shoot me?” asked Lula. 

Several thousand supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro, who reject his electoral defeat to Lula in late October, wreaked havoc in the capital on Sunday, invading the Presidential Palace, but also the Supreme Court and the Congress. 

They destroyed everything in their path, including works of art, in an action reminiscent in many ways of the invasion of the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 by supporters of then President Donald Trump. 

More than 2,000 people were arrested after the unrest, and 1,159 of them were imprisoned, according to the latest official report.

Authorities are investigating who organized this assault and how the protesters were funded. 

“We will calmly investigate to understand what really happened,” said the 77-year-old leader, whose third term in office at the head of Brazil, while announcing a “deep” reassessment of the personnel of the palace.

“The truth is that the palace was filled with bolsonarists, military, and we want to see if we can remedy ( to the situation) by placing career civil servants, preferably civilians or those who were there before or who have been suspended,” he said.