The Brazilian military has reportedly killed key leaders of the Comando Vermelho “Red Command” cartel in a move that some say could be indicative of a mobilization against the newly elected president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
According to a report by the <a href=”https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/brazil-military-kills-red-command-cartel-leaders-prepares-take/”>Gateway Pundit</a>, the Brazilian armed forces stormed the crime-riddled favelas in Rio de Janeiro to eliminate high-level members of the Red Command cartel, who align themselves with the incoming Lula regime.
Shortly after the World Economic Forum-backed leftist opponent of incumbent and anti-cartel president Jair Bolsonaro won the presidential election with a razor thin margin <a href=”https://valiantnews.com/2022/11/tension-mounts-in-brazil-after-bolsonaro-refuses-to-concede-chief-of-staff-begins-transition/”>last month</a>, various videos sourced from Brazil began circulating online and appeared to show drug gangs celebrating the election results by shooting automatic firearms <a href=”https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/yi95f6/drug_traffickers_in_brazil_celebrate_lula_da/”>in the air</a>.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 4, 2022
“The heads of drug trafficking of Morro do Juramento and Juramentinho, identified as Rodrigo Barbosa Marinho, known as Rolinha or Titio Rolinha, and Hevelton Nascimento Júnior, the “Bad Boy”, respectively, were killed during a Military Police operation in Vicente de Carvalho on Thursday (1st),” Brazillian news outlet <a href=”https://odia.ig.com.br/rio-de-janeiro/2022/12/6533715-chefes-do-trafico-do-juramento-e-juramentinho-sao-mortos-em-operacao.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>O Dia reported</a>.
“Three other suspects died in the action and one, who was also injured, is imprisoned in custody in the hospital”
— Lalo White (@LaloWhite_) December 5, 2022
According to reports, the Comando Vermelho have historically served as the de facto paramilitary ally of corrupt left wing elements within the Brazilian political system and have established control in certain areas of Rio de Janeiro since 1979.
— Lalo White (@LaloWhite_) December 5, 2022
Biden administration National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is traveling to Brazil’s capital city of Brasilia on Monday to meet with Lula and other members of the incoming regime to “clearly condemn the war in Ukraine and engage with the U.S. and European partners in the supply of weapons to the Zelenski regime,” Brazilian news outlet <a href=”https://oantagonista.uol.com.br/brasil/o-que-biden-quer-de-lula/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>O Antagonista</a> reported.
Sullivan and CIA Director William Burns previously visited Brasilia to urge Bolsonaro “to respect and accept the results of free and fair elections” in <a href=”https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/10/28/brazil-elections-bolsonaro-democracy-biden/”>October</a> of this year.
For several consecutive weeks since the controversial election took place, scores of hundreds of thousands of pro-Bolsonaro protesters have taken to the streets in Brazil demanding that the military take action against what they’ve deemed was a “stolen” election and Communist coup.
— Wagner (@WagnerLja) December 5, 2022
The Superior Electoral Court, which has been accused of corruption, has moved the presidential election certification date up from December 19 to December 12, leading some observers to believe that the court aims to swiftly install Lula as civil tensions continue to grow throughout the nation.
As it currently stands today, Lula’s presidential inauguration date is scheduled for January 1, 2023, and observers with knowledge of the situation have <a href=”https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/go-time-military-deploying-brazil/”>claimed</a> that pro-Bolsonaro elements of the Brazilian armed forces would be “purged” when the new regime takes control.
Speaking to Steve Bannon on his renowned “War Room” podcast, <a href=”https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/go-time-military-deploying-brazil/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Brazil observer Matt Tyrmand</a> claimed that Bolsonaro loyalists within the military would be sent “off to the Gulags” should Lula take office.
E disse Jesus:
“Pois onde dois ou três estiverem reunidos em meu nome, ali estou no meio deles” (Mt 18,20) pic.twitter.com/5JmYltD2ON
— Vendedor MANÉ (@fulviofarah) December 5, 2022
Carlos Frederico de Oliveira Pereira, the Brazilian military Deputy Prosecutor General, recently sent a <a href=”https://www.riotimesonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Oficio-PGJM-eleicoes-EDITADO.pdf”>letter</a> to the military’s Prosecutor General Antonio Pereira Duarte on November 25 citing a failed voting system inspection and potential “cyber attack” at the behest of foreign actors.
In the letter, the Deputy Prosecutor General took note of a “failure to comply with the steps requested by the Ministry of Defense when inspecting the electronic voting system,“ along with the “possible interference of foreign companies in the electoral process, which could not be verified since the military of the aforementioned team does not have broad access to information related to the electoral process, unlike these Big Tech companies, which maintain a partnership with the Electoral Court.”
“There should be an investigation into a possible crime against the country’s external security regarding a possible cyber attack,” the letter added.
Bolsonaro has previously raised concerns about the integrity of the Brazilian electoral system and voting machines, claiming institutions managed by his opposition may engage in unethical behavior, as Valiant News <a href=”https://valiantnews.com/2022/09/biden-admin-demands-brazil-conduct-free-fair-elections-will-closely-monitor-bolsonaros-voters/”>reported</a>.
According to some reports, the military is expected to officially declare Article 142 of the Brazilian constitution, which allows for the armed forces to take action should conflict arise between sectors of the government. Lula and his supporters have denied the military’s ability to act legally.
— Supremo é o Povo (@PovoEosupremoBr) December 5, 2022
Videos sourced from Brazil have also appeared to show pro-Bolsonaro forces <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/reel/ClwvdW-pTkr/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY%3D” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>joining election protests</a> and urging citizens to “remain calm when action comes,” reports say.
Subsequent reports have claimed that troops have been deployed to Brazil’s border with Venezuela to thwart what could be a potential invasion from the socialist nation in support of the incoming leftist regime.
The military claims those photographed are part of a humanitarian mission in the area.
Já estão no Extremo-Norte do Brasil os primeiros militares do CMS que vão compor o 15º Contingente da @OpAcolhida , na fronteira com a Venezuela. Eles viajaram em avião da @fab_oficial . A tropa, composta por 357 militares do RS, SC e PR, ficará cinco meses na missão humanitária. pic.twitter.com/R6cdcOnZXi
— Comando Militar do Sul (@CmdoCMS) December 4, 2022
Meanwhile, former Regional Election Magistrate Sebastião Coelho recently spoke before the Brazilian Senate calling for the arrest of Chief Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who has been accused of corruption and assisting the “stolen” election in favor of Lula’s regime.
Coelho retired from his position on August 19 in protest against the Chief Justice, who he claimed is “waging war against his country” and “committing crimes.”
“Every illegal decision he makes is a crime,” Coelho said. “But I believe the Brazilian people will win.”
JUDGE INSPECT○R, Seb@stião C¤elh¤, resigned before the BRAZIL ELECTIONS, in order not to obey ALEX@NDRE DE M○R@ES arbitrariness.
— Freedom Liberty (@SempreFreedom) December 3, 2022
“The Brazilian people are the victims of a coup by the Supreme Court”, Coelho said.
“Therefore, the President must invoke Article 142 of the Constitution to enable the Armed Forces to act. This will be portrayed as a coup, but it is actually a counter-coup.”
Brazil’s military formerly controlled its government until the 1980s after a military coup. While many Brazilians are, thus, weary of military involvement, others welcome the military as a safeguard against extremism.
This news and commentary by Andrew White originally appeared on Valiant News.