Biden Called for Extradition of Bolsonaro from Florida Hole as Mutineers Storm Brazil’s Presidential Palace

Biden Called for Extradition of Bolsonaro from Florida Hole as Mutineers Storm Brazil’s Presidential Palace

Biden Called for Extradition of Bolsonaro from Florida Hole as Mutineers Storm Brazil’s Presidential Palace

Democratic members of Congress are calling on Joe Biden to deport former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro back to his country after his supporters attacked the National Congress in a bid to restore him to power.

Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters bypassed security barricades, scaled rooftops and stormed the National Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace in the Brazilian capital on Sunday in violence reminiscent of the U.S. Capitol uprising 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 power on January 1.

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

Texas Representative Joaquin Castro called on the Biden administration and local authorities on Sunday to extradite the “dangerous” Mr. Bolsonaro to Brazil when 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,” said a congressman, adding that the far-right president “basically used [Donald] Trump’s Handbook to Inspire Domestic Terrorists to Try to Takeover the Government.”

“He’s in Florida right now, 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 prosecuted for corruption and fled from Brazil to the United States. He is a dangerous man, they should send him back to his homeland, Brazil.”

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

“Yes, absolutely. The United States should not be a sanctuary for this authoritarianism that inspires domestic terrorism in Brazil,” Castro replied.

His Democratic Party colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to show her support for Brazil’s newly elected president, commonly known as Lula, and asked the US government to “stop sheltering Bolsonaro in Florida.”

“Almost two years since the day 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, the police arrested more than 300 people as the president promised to punish the vandals.

“These vandals, whom we might call fanatical Nazis, fanatic Stalinists … fanatical fascists, have done something that has never been done in the history of this country,” Lula said at a news conference, announcing a “federal security intervention” in the capital by the end of the month.

Brazil’s minister of institutional relations said buildings would be checked for evidence, including fingerprints and photos, to hold people accountable, and that the rioters apparently intended to spark similar actions across the country.

Justice Minister Flavio Dino said the acts amounted to terrorism and a coup d’état, and authorities began tracking those who paid for the transportation of the demonstrators.

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

“We will not accept the path of crime in order to wage political struggles in Brazil.

“A criminal is treated as a criminal.”

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