Bolsonaro lost the presidential election late last year to his leftist rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He flew to Florida two days before the transition of power, and it was unclear how long he would stay there.
More than a week after he left, his supporters forced their way into the parliament building, disillusioned with the election result. Bolsonaro, dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics,” was blamed for causing the storm. He did not admit defeat and did not sow doubts about the outcome before the election. The Supreme Court is investigating Bolsonaro’s role in the riots.
Opponents said Bolsonaro fled the country for fear of multiple trials. For example, an investigation is underway into the illegal importation of jewelry worth millions of dollars. The right-wing populist still has many supporters in Brazil, but his party leadership fears his popularity has waned because of his long stay abroad.
In the capital, security was significantly increased on Thursday and roads were closed to prevent further disturbances.
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