MADRID, 20 Jan. (.) –
The Brazilian Defense Minister, José Múcio, has assessed this Friday that there was no “direct” responsibility of the Armed Forces in the coup acts of January 8 and has transferred that the high command “agree” in the “measures” that they be taken against the “individual military” who did participate.
“The military are aware and agree that we are going to take action. Obviously, in the heat of the moment, we need to be careful so that the processes and the accusations are fair, so that the sentences are fair,” said the minister of Defending.
“I understand that there was no direct involvement of the Armed Forces. If any element, individually, participated, they will respond as a citizen,” he said after the meeting he held at the Planalto Palace with the president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the three heads of the Brazilian Armed Forces.
Despite these statements, Múcio has assured that the violent acts in the Esplanade of the Ministries have not been the subject of conversation at the meeting, but that development and investment policies for Defense have been addressed.
This is the second meeting that the high command of the Armed Forces and Lula have held after what happened on January 8. In the first, he expressed his discomfort at the position that the military would have adopted, while in the latter, Múcio has revealed that Lula has transferred his “faith” in his work to them.
“We have tried to bring this meeting forward. We have to look ahead, we have to pacify this country, govern,” Múcio said in relation to the meeting that was scheduled for the end of January or beginning of February, after Lula’s December 16 He met with the heads of the Armed Forces to request reports on the Defense areas that needed investment.