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Pro-Democracy Rallies Held in Brazil One Year After Jan. 8 Insurrection

HeadlineJan 09, 2024

In Brazil, rallies in defense of democracy were held Monday marking one year since thousands of supporters of former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro stormed several government buildings in an attempt to topple newly elected President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula spoke Monday, hailing the “victory of democracy over authoritarianism” after the January 8 insurrection.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: “If the coup attempt had been successful, much more than glass, furniture, works of art and historical objects would have been stolen and destroyed. The sovereign will of the Brazilian people that was expressed at the ballot box would have been stolen, and democracy would have been destroyed.”

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