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Allies of Trump Denying Election Result Sparked Brazilian Riot

09 January 2023, Monday
The events in Brasilia were jarringly reminiscent of the disturbance at the US Capitol two years ago, plus a greater level of correlation. 
On Steve Bannon's podcast, one day after the first voting in Brazil's October election, a guest remarked ominously.  "This whole thing stinks." 
For weeks, Mr Bannon was disseminating unsubstantiated assertions about fraud even though the outcome of the run-off wasn't near clear.

Throughout several episodes of his podcast and via different social media posts, he and his guests raised numerous claims of a "stolen election" and dark forces at work. He proposed the hashtag #BrazilianSpring, and kept up his opposition even after President Bolsonaro appeared to accept the outcome.

Steve Bannon, formerly a White House chief strategist, was among the many Trump supporters who created a stir about the results of the US presidential election of 2020. Using false information and unsubstantiated rumors, their goal was similar to the one used in the aftermath of the 6 January 2021 events in Washington, when uproar and violence erupted as a result of their words. Windows were broken and federal buildings were infiltrated in an effort to further the agitators' goals.

The day before the Capitol riot, Mr Bannon announced on his podcast that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow”. He was sentenced to four months in prison for refusing to testify in front of a Congressional committee that investigated the attack, but has since been released pending an appeal.

Despite the destruction caused by the riot, Mr Bannon, along with other prominent Trump advisers who spread false information, remain unfazed by the outcome.

Ali Alexander, a fringe activist who was prominent in the pro-Trump 'Stop the Steal' movement after the 2020 election, called on the people who stormed Brazilian buildings to "Do whatever is necessary" and labeled them "Freedom Fighters". He also wrote on the social media site Gettr that "Lula stole the Election… Brazilians know this", reinforcing his message of support.

The connections between Mr Bolsonaro and the Trump movement were made plain in November when the ex-president and the son of Mr Bolsonaro had a gathering at Mr Trump's Florida accommodation.

News sources such as the Washington Post uncovered that during the trip, Eduardo Bolsonaro was able to converse with Mr Bannon and Trump representative Jason Miller.

Rioters in Brazil on Sunday demanded access to the source code of electronic vote tabulation machines, claiming suspicions that the machines had been manipulated in order to favor incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. The banner they displayed declared “We want the source code” in both English and Portuguese. This comes in line with partisan election-deniers in the US for 2020, who have been focusing on the mechanisms of voting.

Several Brazilian Twitter accounts, which had been previously blocked for spreading false information about the election, were reactivated following the purchase of the company by Elon Musk. The BBC conducted a review of this matter, with Mr Musk claiming some of Twitter's personnel in Brazil can be classified as having "a strong political predisposition" without offering any proof.

Some of former President Trump's opponents in the US were swift to place the blame for the unrest occurring in Brazil on Mr Trump and his advisors for allegedly encouraging it.

Jamie Raskin, a Democratic Party member of the US House of Representatives and a part of the committee which examined the Capitol riot, posted a tweet describing the Brazilian protesters as "fascists modeling themselves after Trump's Jan. 6 rioters."
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