Officials warn that Brazil could face “more serious” electoral unrest than the US Capitol riots.

Speaking Wednesday at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Supreme Electoral Court Minister Edson Fachin said that the next election risks unrest “more serious” than the January 6, 2021 uprising, when rioters violently stormed the US capital, fueled by the false belief that the 2020 election was stolen.

In Brazil’s own disputed presidential election in October, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to face former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

“Brazilian society will put a mirror in front of itself on October 2nd. If it wants a war of all against all or if it wants democracy,” said Fashin, who was invited to comment on the preparations and concerns ahead of the vote.

He described several steps taken by the Electoral Commission to improve the transparency and legitimacy of voting, which will take place electronically and in person at the polling stations. According to him, the Organization of American States (OAS) agreed to be an observer in the elections in Brazil.

Fachin also warned that the electoral authorities would not allow interference from the federal government or the military.

“Let Selective Justice fulfill its mission, and we [fulfill it]. The Brazilian judiciary does not flex. Anyone,” he said.

Incumbent President Bolsonaro has repeatedly questioned the electoral process in the country and criticized, in particular, the use of electronic ballots, a system that was in place in 2000. He also called on the military to hold a parallel “public” vote count. .

The president’s statements, first made in August 2021, sparked a series of demonstrations in the country against the electoral system.

Last week, his son, politician Flavio Bolsonaro, in an interview with the Estadao newspaper also refused to rule out the possibility of an episode like January 6 in Brazil.

“How can we control it?” he said. “People saw the problems in the US electoral system, they were outraged and did what they did.”

However, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 US presidential election.

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