ast year, Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro faced potential arrest once he left office for comments he made about COVID deemed against the narrative. He linked COVID vaccines to AIDS. He has reluctantly conceded the election and fled the country.
In October 2021, A Brazilian Senate committee approved a 1,100-page report labeling Bolsonaro a criminal for his comments, claiming he caused thousands of deaths by not pushing the vaccines and warning of adverse effects.
THE ARRESTS BEGIN
On December 29, Brazilian police said they had arrested at least four people and carried out nationwide raids on Thursday in investigations into an alleged coup attempt during riots by supporters of defeated President Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilian authorities, led by the Supreme Court, have been cracking down on what they say is a small but committed minority of Bolsonaro supporters who refuse to acknowledge leftist President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s election victory and are calling for a military coup.
On December 30, Bolsonaro conceded defeat and left the country for Florida, 48 hours before his leftist rival President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was set to take office. He gave a teary goodbye speech he had “lost a battle but not the war.”
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