In brazil have arrested a man they say had tried to detonate an explosive device ahead of the inauguration of president-elect luiz inácio lula da silva on 1 january. the suspect told officers he had hatched the plan with other supporters of outgoing president jair bolsonaro.
Incident occurred on the eve of the president-elect’s inauguration, at the city’s airport. the group had set off the explosive device it had planted on a fuel truck parked at the airport, but it had failed to go off.
Suspect had told officers that he and fellow protesters outside the army headquarters had decided to try to provoke an armed forces intervention to prevent “communism from taking hold in brazil”. they had planned to detonate a number of bombs across the capital to force the army to declare a state of emergency, in the hope of stopping the swearing-in ceremony from taking place. the device was spotted by the truck’s driver, who alerted police. officers managed to track the suspect to an apartment, where he was storing “an arsenal of weapons”. many of president bolsonaro’s supporters remain convinced the election was “stolen” from him, despite there being no evidence to support the claim.