The Prime Minister spoke this Monday with Brazilian President Lula da Silva, to whom he expressed solidarity and reiterated his condemnation of the acts of violence in Brasilia, in a conversation in which they began preparations for a bilateral summit in April.
“Today I spoke with President Lula da Silva, whom I expressed our solidarity and reiterated their condemnation of violent acts and the anti-democratic events that took place yesterday [domingo] in Brasilia,” António Costa wrote on his Twitter account.
I spoke to the president today @LulaOfficial to whom I expressed our solidarity and reiterated my condemnation of the violent and anti-democratic actions that took place yesterday in Brazil. pic.twitter.com/84SWgffzQY
— Antonio Costa (@antoniocostapm) January 9, 2023
In the same message, Portugal’s chief executive states that he and the Brazilian head of state are “focused and committed to resumption of relations between Portugal and Brazil“. “We have already begun work on the next bilateral summit in April,” he added.
António Costa received Lula da Silva in Lisbon on November 18 as President-elect of Brazil after he returned from COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Then the Prime Minister of Portugal received Lula da Silva with a long hug and, in front of journalists, made the letter “L” with his fingers – a symbol of the election campaign of the elected president of Brazil.
In a statement Sunday, the Portuguese government condemned the “violence and unrest” in Brasilia after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the headquarters of the three powers and reiterated its “unconditional support for the Brazilian authorities.”
“The Government of Portugal condemns the acts of violence and unrest that took place today in Brazil, reiterating its unconditional support for the Brazilian authorities in restoring order and law,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
In the same note, the Portuguese Executive Director expressed his “full solidarity with the President of the Republic of Brazil, the Congress and the Federal Supreme Court, whose buildings were violated during the anti-democratic demonstrations that took place this afternoon.”
Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro raided and vandalized the headquarters of the Federal Supreme Court, the Congress and the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on Sunday, forcing police to intervene to restore order and drawing condemnation from the international community.
The military police managed to regain control of the headquarters of the three powers in an operation that resulted in the arrest of at least 300 people.
The invasion came after Brazilian far-right militants, supporters of the former president, who was defeated by Lula da Silva in elections last October, protested at the Esplanade dos Ministerios.
However, Federal Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes suspended Federal District Governor Ibanez Rocha for 90 days, given that both the governor and former Minister of Security and former Minister of Justice Bolsonaro Anderson Torres acted with negligence and omission.