Brazil issues arrest orders against top officials regarding riots

The judicial authorities of Brazil have ordered arrest orders for the top officials in the country who failed to restrict violent protesters as they stormed through the capital and destroyed government buildings. President Lula had already accused the security officials in the country while addressing the violent protests in Brasilia, holding them accountable for the destruction of government buildings as they did not do their job effectively. So far, one official has been arrested while holding him accountable during the riots. There are many other officials against whom the arrest orders are given, The list includes Anderson Torres, who is the former public security chief of Brasilia. The names of officers also include the former police commander, Colonel Fábio Augusto, who was suspended from his service after the riots occurred in the capital. 

Brazil riots occurred this weekend as the supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and caused damage to the government buildings. During these violent riots, the Supreme Court building, Presidential Palace, and the Brazil Congress were damaged by the protestors. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, after reviewing the damages caused to the government buildings, addressed these protesters. He said that these violent riots were acts of vandalism, as protesters held public property hostage while trying to express their anger. He vowed that whoever was involved in these riots will be held accountable for their actions and will be punished by the law. 

On the other hand, former President, Jair Bolsonaro, refused to take responsibility for these riots even though these were his supporters who attacked the capital. Jair Bolsonaro has been denying for weeks that he lost the presidential elections held in October 2022. Even though his claims do not hold any ground, they are still credible claims to be made by someone whom people of Brazil considered a credible source as he is the former President of the country. Many people, after being influenced by his comments, decided to seek justice by protesting against the current government which is managed by the new President of Brazil, Lula. As a part of this protest, Bolsonaro supporters stormed the city of Brasilia while wearing jerseys of the Brazilian football team and held the Brazil Congress building hostage, and severely damaged public properties. President Lula said that many images and videos are being surfaced over the internet which shows that the security officials did not do their job effectively and let the protesters do their violent acts. He said that there were many images where the Brazilian security forces were seen laughing and taking pictures during such stressful situations for the country’s democracy.

During these riots, Brazilian security forces arrested over 1,500 people who were seen protesting. Out of these 1,500 arrested people, 600 people were transferred to the special facility in the country, where the Police can hold these people under charge for five days. Other leading officials in the country, such as Anderson Torres are on the radar of the Brazilian government and may soon experience arrest for their involvement in the riots.