Biden called for extraditing Bolsonaro from Florida bolt-hole as rioters storm Brazil’s presidential palace

Democratic congressmen are calling on Joe Biden to deport former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro back to his country after his supporters stormed the National Congress in an attempt to restore him to power.

Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters bypassed security barricades, climbed onto rooftops and invaded the country’s National Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital Brasilia on Sunday, in violence reminiscent of the riot in the US Capitol two years ago.

Brazil’s former far-right leader reportedly fled to Florida ahead of the inauguration of newly elected president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who took office on January 1.

Bolosonaro lives in a house he rented near Disney World, just south of Orlando, and is expected to stay in the country for at least a month.

Texas Representative Joaquin Castro on Sunday called on the Biden administration and local authorities to extradite “dangerous” Bolsonaro to Brazil as his supporters, dressed in green and yellow, began attacking government buildings.

“[Bolsonaro] should be extradited to Brazil, Castro told CNN. “Bolsonaro was an authoritarian leader,” the congressman said, adding that the far-right president “basically used [Donald] Trump’s playbook to inspire domestic terrorists to try to take over the government”.

“Right now he’s in Florida, actually very close to Donald Trump, he should be extradited to Brazil,” said Castro, who is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“In fact, it was reported that he was under investigation for corruption and fled from Brazil to the United States. He is a dangerous man, they should send him back to his native Brazil.”

“Are you calling on the Biden administration or the authorities in Florida to return Bolsonaro, put him on a plane and send him to Brazil as soon as possible?” asked CNN anchor Jim Acosta.

“Yes absolutely. The United States should not be a haven for this authoritarian inspired domestic terrorism in Brazil,” Castro replied.

His Democratic colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to show her support for Brazil’s president-elect, commonly known as Lula, asking the US government to “stop giving refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida.”

“Almost two years since the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad trying to do the same in Brazil,” she said.

“We must stand in solidarity with Lula’s democratically elected government.”

Meanwhile, over 300 people have been arrested by police as the president vows to punish the vandals.

“These vandals, who we can call fanatical Nazis, fanatical Stalinists… fanatical fascists, did what has never been done in the history of this country,” Lula told a news conference, declaring a “federal security intervention” in the country. capital until the end of the month.

Brazil’s institutional relations minister said the buildings would be inspected for evidence, including fingerprints and photos, to hold people accountable, and that the rebels apparently intended to trigger similar acts across the country.

Justice Minister Flavio Dino said the actions amounted to terrorism and coup d’état and that the authorities have begun tracking those who paid for the transport of the protesters.

“They will not succeed in destroying Brazilian democracy. We must say it fully, with all firmness and conviction, said Dino.

“We will not accept the path of crime to carry out political battles in Brazil.

“A criminal is treated like a criminal.”

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