Police arrest man suspected of planting explosives in Brazil’s capital ahead of presidential inauguration


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A man accused of involvement in an attempted bomb attack at Brasilia’s international airport over the weekend said in a written statement to police that he intended to “cause chaos” to stop former president Luiz Inacio. A “siege state in the country” should be established. Since Lula da Silva took office again in January,

Police Chief Robson Candido said during a news release that the suspect has been identified as 54-year-old gas station manager George Washington de Oliveira Sosa, who police say planted and possessed explosives a week before Lula de Silva’s inauguration. He was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of The briefing

The police seized explosives found in a tanker truck from the truck driver nearby. Airport Upon further investigation, police also found a rifle, two shotguns, a revolver, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and five explosive devices at the suspect’s rented apartment in Brasilia, police said.

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“This is something that has never existed in Brasilia and we will not allow demonstrations that harm people and public property,” the police chief said during the briefing.

In a statement to police, seen by CNN, the suspect said his intention was to “prevent the establishment of communism in Brazil” and “incite the intervention of the armed forces.”

Although current President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has said it is cooperating with a transition of power, the far-right leader has avoided outright conceding defeat in the Oct. 30 election. The country is asking the military to take action as they claim, without any evidence, that the election was rigged.

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According to a police statement, Sousa arrived in Brasília from his home state of Pará on October 12 to join other Bolsonaro supporters camped out in front of the armed forces headquarters in the city.

Sosa said he was influenced by President Bolsonaro to spend more than $30,000 on the purchase of guns and ammunition, according to his statement.

CNN has reached out to Bolsonaro for comment.

In a statement sent to CNN, police confirmed that the suspect intended to commit a crime at the airport and that they are conducting a new search. According to the police, no other arrests have been made, and the camping site is opposite the army headquarters.

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“We will not allow this kind of demonstration in Brasilia that threatens lives, people’s right to come and go or even property,” said Police Chief Candido.

Brazil’s military, the Federal District Military Police and the Ministry of Justice say they are aware of the matter and will continue to investigate the situation.

Flavio Dino, justice minister-designate for Lula da Silva’s incoming government, said the event “proved that so-called ‘patriotic’ camps have become incubators for terrorists.”

He added that steps are being taken to beef up security around the inauguration and “the fight against terrorists and rioters will be stepped up. Democracy has won and will win.”

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