Democracy in Latin America has been able to preserve more than two decades of governance, but it has not been enough to ensure its future.
Proof of this is the alarming series of attacks to the Congress, the Federal Supreme Court and the presidential headquarters in Brazil on January 8, 2023, which, based on the lack of confidence in the institutions, called for a military intervention.
The protests in Brazil have many similarities with the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, when supporters from the former President Trump (close ally to Jair Bolsonaro), broke in seeking to disqualify and not recognize the results of the electoral Trump defeat.
The anti-democratic path that calls for militarization today is not an isolated event, it is a response to many candidates who do not accept a democratic defeat, breaking the rules when losing, generating uprisings by their followers.
In Brazil’s specific case and with a view to consolidating more inclusive, fair and stable democracies, Pulsante’s allied organizations that lead this constant work are Elas No Poder, Legisla Brasil, Inesc, Mulheres Negras Decidem y ANMIGA.
From Pulsante we support the voices of some allied organizations in the country that have expressed their position on this conflict.
Elas no poder:
The NGO Elas no Poder reinforces its support for democracy and condemns all acts of violence, vandalism and terrorism that occurred in Brasilia on January 8, 2023.
We defend a free and plural democracy, for which we support the accountability of those who acted in front and in organization of the invasion and destruction of representative places in the country’s democratic institutions, as well as other movements against the elections result.
Brazilian democracy cannot be attacked by those who do not respect the constitution, freedom of expression and the sovereignty of the people who legitimately elected their representatives.
Let them be punished and that it does not happen again. Democracy forever! #Democracia #Invasão #SemAnistia
Legisla strongly condemns the recent violence acts in Brasilia. The integrity and stability of the country’s democratic institutions are essential for the well-being and progress of society as a whole, and cannot be compromised by acts of violence and contempt for the constitutional order. Legisla stands in solidarity with the parliamentarians, representatives from the Executive and Judiciary who suffered vandalism in their work environment and hopes that measures will be taken quickly to guarantee the country’s security and stability.
Democracy today, tomorrow and always!
Faced with this panorama of attacks to democracy in Brazil, at Pulsante we condemn these anti-democratic behaviors, we stand in solidarity with the organizations, collectives and social movements, and we reaffirm the commitment to strengthen the institutional channels of representation and dialogue that allow traditionally excluded voices inclusion, to consequently contribute to improving the quality of democracies both in Brazil and throughout Latin America.