2022–2023 Brazilian election protests

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Event.png 2022–2023 Brazilian election protests (Protest,  riot) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Bolsonaro supporters climbing the ramp of the National Congress of Brazil in 2023
DescriptionThe Brazil version of the January 6 2021 riots at the US Capitol?

The 2022–2023 Brazilian election protests began shortly after the conclusion of the 2022 Brazilian general election's second round on October 30, in which Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) was declared the winner over incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.

While images of protesters storming parliament in January 2023 created the superficial impression of a coup attempt, the event show some conspicuous anomalies from an actual coup, and is most likely part of a strategy of tension, while the supranational deep state installed Lula, its preferred candidate.

The election

The second round of the presidential election on 30 October supposedly delivered a win for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro by the slimmest of all possible margins – 50.9% to 49.1%.[1]

As soon as the election results were announced, Bolsonaro supporters took to the streets in protest, setting up numerous roadblocks.[2]

Official storming narrative

On 8 January 2023, pro-Bolsonaro protesters Three Powers Square,[3][4][5] vandalizing the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate halls of the National Congress of Brazil in the process;[6][7][8] protesters also invaded the Supreme Federal Court palace and the Palácio do Planalto in an attempt to overthrow the Federal Government.[9] The insurrection failed and the Praça was cleared by law enforcement after a few hours; several thousand Bolsonaro supporters were arrested following the event.[10]

Similarities to January 6

The events have some uncanny similarities to the false flag January 6 2021 riots at the US Capitol in the United States, and the German “storming of the Reichstag” in 2020 and the repeat in 2022.

  • Bolsonaro refuses to acknowledge his (extremely narrow) electoral defeat[11], even staying away from the inauguration of his successor: Just like Donald Trump.
  • Thousands of his unleashed followers storm iconic buildings in the capital, producing striking images that provoke great outrage at home and in the world: much like the storming of the Capitol in Washington.
  • Trump-friend Bolsonaro is staying in Republican-ruled Florida,[12] Anderson Torres who used to be Bolsonaro's justice minister and lately was security chief in the capital Brasilia is visiting him. The allegation is that they must conspired together to plan the storming.[13]


On closer inspection, however, the event - apart from the dramatic pictures - is completely amateurish:

  • Only symbols are attacked, but no actual positions of power. No officials are captured, no radio or television stations are taken, or important transport hubs, as would be the case in a standard coup.[14]
  • The demonstrations in Brazil have been going on for months[15] and, with few exceptions, have always been very peaceful[16]. The preparations for a large demonstration in Brasilia on January 8th, 2023 started a week earlier. Those responsible in Brasilia therefore were informed about the expected crowds.


While the Lula-government is routinely slurred as "communist" by Bolsonaro supporters, this is a misnomer. Michel Chossudovsky points out that "Throughout the western hemisphere as well as in Western Europe, the Left has endorsed the Lula presidency without examining the underlying implications. The 2023 Lula government has been casually categorized as a victory against US imperialism. While the "progressive" and “Leftist” labels prevail, key political appointments had already been approved by the Washington Consensus. De facto, it is a centre-rightist government "with leftist characteristics".[18] 

Lula is a firm supporter of Joe Biden: "Biden is a breath for democracy in the world."[19] Lula’s running mate, Vice President Geraldo José Rodrigues Alckmin Jr. (former governor of Sao Paulo) is an avowed neoliberal committed to privatizing State property on behalf of Brazil’s external creditors. He also has links to Opus Dei.[18]

Of relevance is that the Lula government has stated its intention to start an intense Covid jab campaign,[20] while


Approximately 81 percent of Brazilians were "fully vaccinated" during his government, [21] but Bolsonaro has also been one of the few world politicians to not be fully onboard the forced injection drive, calling on his countrymen to stop being "sissies", and that Covid lockdowns were "crazy".[22]

Indications of CIA involvement

There are indications that United States intelligence services prepared to rig the election install Lula from at least as early as 2021, by putting pressure on Bolsonaro to accept the result no matter what.

In August of 2021, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan visited Bolsonaro in Brazil and delivered a stern message not to "mess around" with the elections. This was in response to Bolsonaro raising criticisms of the all-electronic voting system in Brazil, and his indication that he may not accept an election result unless another method was employed.[23]

In May 2022, William Burns, Director of the CIA - an organization known its numerous election riggings - urged top Brazilian officials during multiple meetings to push Bolsonaro to stop spreading claims of widespread voter fraud and other forms of electoral malfeasance.[24]

George Soros, who has positioned several of his Open Society members in the new cabinet[25] called the election of Lula for "crucial" and said that it will "influence the course of history".[26]


Deputy for Mato Grosso, José Medeiros accused the PT of sabotaging the demonstration in Brasília, which, according to him, would have continued peacefully: "Each speech like this reinforces the suspicion that the invasion was planned by the PT. In 2013, the black blocs infiltrated to sabotage the peaceful demonstration. It's called a false flag attack", wrote the parliamentarian on Twitter.[27]


Related Quotation

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva“There are many other regional powers that can influence the course of history. Brazil stands out. The election of Lula at the end of last year was crucial.

On January 8th there was a coup attempt much like January 6th, 2021, in the US. Lula handled it masterfully and established his authority as president.

Brazil is on the front-line of the conflict between open and closed societies; it is also on the front-line of the fight against climate change. He must protect the rainforest, promote social justice, and reignite economic growth all at the same time.

He will need strong international support because there is no pathway to net zero emissions if he fails.”
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
George Soros
16 February 2023
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  2. https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/11/in_brazil_tight_election_and_calls_of_fraud_shut_down_airports_and_highways_in_huge_protests.html
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/08/jair-bolsonaro-supporters-storm-brazils-presidential-palace-and-supreme-court
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  10. https://www.axios.com/2023/01/08/bolsonaro-supporters-storm-congress-brazil
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  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-64231244
  13. https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20230111-brazil-issues-arrest-warrants-for-security-chiefs-after-pro-bolsonaro-riots
  14. For example in the 1964 Brother Sam coup, the army secured the means of communication, regional capitals, and government departments
  15. Twitter
  16. https://rairfoundation.com/breaking-new-evidence-of-voter-fraud-in-brazils-presidential-election-revealed-video/
  17. https://rairfoundation.com/breaking-new-evidence-of-voter-fraud-in-brazils-presidential-election-revealed-video/
  18. a b https://www.globalresearch.ca/brazil-neoliberalism-with-a-human-face/374
  19. https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/americas/brazil-lula-politics-amanpour-interview-intl-latam/index.html
  20. https://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/colunas/daniel-cesar/2023-01-02/regras-vacinacao-governo.html
  21. https://ycharts.com/indicators/brazil_coronavirus_full_vaccination_rate
  22. http://www.rt.com/news/506410-brazil-bolsonaro-covid19-sissies/
  23. http://www.reuters.com/world/americas/biden-envoy-told-brazils-bolsonaro-important-not-undermine-elections-source-2021-08-08/
  24. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bolsonaro-brazil-cia-biden-trump_n_62741c7ce4b00fbab62bba0f
  25. https://www.riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/modern-day-censorship/lula-da-silva-recruits-members-of-soros-open-society-for-his-government/
  26. https://www.georgesoros.com/2023/02/16/remarks-delivered-at-the-2023-munich-security-conference/
  27. https://extra.globo.com/noticias/politica/deputados-do-pl-sigla-de-bolsonaro-se-dividem-entre-condenar-relativizar-atos-terroristas-25642059.html