Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will receive extra security during his inauguration on Sunday after police said they foiled a bombing plot. File photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA-EFE
December 26 (United Press International) — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s inauguration as Brazil’s president will go ahead as planned on New Year’s Day, the incoming justice minister vowed after an alleged bomb plot was foiled .
Lula’s pick for justice minister Flavio Odino says in a twitter post All inauguration procedures “will be reassessed to enhance security” on Sunday after authorities accused right-wing supporters of the outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro Bombs are planted near the capital to prevent the transfer of power.
authorities allegedly The bomb was planted on a fuel truck near Brasilia’s international airport, but it did not explode. It was disarmed on Saturday and the suspected bomber was arrested.
police claim The unidentified 54-year-old planted the bomb with the aim of “sowing chaos. He is said to be one of several co-conspirators planning to prevent Lula from taking office, claiming his electoral victory was illegitimate.
Prosecutors cited the suspect as saying he had drawn up a plan with pro-Bolsinaro demonstrators “to provoke the intervention of the armed forces and declare a state of martial law to prevent the inauguration of communism in Brazil,” the Spanish news agency EFE report.
“What prompted me to get the weapons (which were seized at his house) were the words of President Bolsonaro, who always emphasized the importance of civilian weapons,” he allegedly said skeptically.
He admitted the plan was to detonate multiple bombs in the capital to push Brazil into a state of emergency, police said.
Right-wing supporters of the outgoing president have continued to demonstrate since he lost the runoff election in October.
Bolsonaro, like his supporters, accuses faulty voting machine for his loss.His Liberals tried to challenge election results but were rejected in court