Brazil: Bolsonaro admits he made “some mistakes” at home

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BrazilBolsonaro admits he made “some mistakes” at home

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro admitted to supporters in the United States “some mistakes at home,” according to a video released Monday.

Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia in October 2022.

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“Everybody makes some mistake at home,” Jair Bolsonaro explained during his mandate, including members of the government, “every day is Monday.”

The former far-right leader left Brazil on December 30, two days before handing over to leftist successor Lula, who defeated him in the October presidential election.

In a piece published by the Metrópoles news site, supporters urge him not to return to Brazil, where the Supreme Court recently put him on trial for his role in the January 8 coup.

“I’m sorry for what happened”

That day, thousands of people identified as Bolsonaros refused to recognize the election result and besieged the seat of the president, Congress and the Supreme Court. “I regret what happened,” Jair Bolsonaro said, calling the events “unbelievable.”

Infrastructure, priceless works of art and furniture that were part of the national heritage were destroyed during the riots. More than 1,100 people have still been arrested for what has been described as “terrorism” by the Lula government, which has been in office since January 1.

Jair Bolsonaro, isolated and virtually silent in his final weeks in office, condemned the “looting” and denied any involvement in the attacks.

(AFP)

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