Is Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro seeking citizenship in Italy?
Jair Bolsonaro: The clarification comes following attack on Brazil's government buildings by pro-Jair Bolsonaro supporters.
Italian foreign minister Antonio Tajani said that Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro did not request for a citizenship in Italy. "He (Bolsonaro) hasn't asked for it (citizenship) and I don't believe he can have it, as far as I'm concerned," Antonio Tajani said in an Italian radio interview, as per Reuters.
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The clarification comes following attack on Brazil's government buildings by pro-Jair Bolsonaro supporters. Brazilian media reported that Jair Bolsonaro was seeking Italian citizenship.
Following the violent invasion, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva who defeated Jair Bolsonaro in October elections, criticised the police for protesters' breach of government buildings, presidential palace, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
"The Brasilia police neglected (the attack threat), Brasilia's intelligence neglected it," Lula said, adding, "It is easy to see in the footage of the police officers talking to the attackers. There was an explicit connivance of the police with the demonstrators.
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The besiege prompted police to make more than 1,500 arrests while officials continue investigating those who financed the 'coup acts', Lula informed.
The attack bore similarities to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol when supporters of ex-US President Donald Trump stormed Congress. Donald Trump has been a close ally of Jair Bolsonaro.
Meanwhile, Jair Bolsonaro tweeted a photo of himself on a hospital bed in Orlando, Florida, saying it was related to injuries from a 2018 knife attack during a political rally.