In Brazil police arrested a man accused of planting explosives on a tanker to be detonated near the Brasilia airport to create “chaos” on the occasion of the inauguration, on January 1, of the leftist president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silvarecently elected in a contested vote by many supporters of outgoing right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro.
The alleged bomber was arrested after the tanker driver noticed the bomb. The man arrested on Christmas day, Brazilian police said at a press conference, is called George Washington de Oliveira Susa and is a right-wing extremist supporter of Bolsonaro.
He would also have tried to activate the bomb, which however did not explode. He would have confessed that he wanted to “create chaos” to “prevent the establishment of communism in Brazil”: the explosion of a couple of bombs, according to the presumed arrested terrorist, should have triggered chaos, causing a state of emergency which would have brought the military into the field, who, according to the subversive plan, they would have prevented or delayed the transfer of power. Oliveira he said he developed the idea in November during one of the daily protest demonstrations in Brasilia in front of the military command, which called for the intervention of the army to prevent Lula from taking power.