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Brasília. Weapons temporarily banned in Brazilian capital ahead of Lula da Silva’s inauguration

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A judge of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a four-day firearms ban in the capital as a precaution ahead of the January 1 inauguration of President-elect Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.

In his ruling temporarily suspending the licenses of registered gun owners, Judge Alexandre de Moraes wrote that “terrorist groups funded by shameless tycoons” have committed crimes against the rule of law in recent weeks, c This is why public safety had to be secured. via a temporary gun ban.

If a registered gun owner is caught in Brasilia with a gun during those four days, they can be prosecuted for illegally carrying a gun, according to the ruling.

Lula da Silva’s team had called for a gun ban at the inauguration days after police arrested a man suspected of planting and possessing explosive devices at Brasilia International Airport.

The suspect, identified as 54-year-old George Washington de Oliveira Sousa gas station manager, is a supporter of incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and told police in a statement, seen by CNN, that he had intend to ‘create chaos’ in order to prevent Lula da Silva from returning to office in January.

The gun ban was set to begin Wednesday at 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) and will continue through the end of Sunday. It will not apply to serving members of the armed forces, police officers and private security personnel, Moraes wrote.

Even though Bolsonaro’s administration has said it is cooperating with the transition of power, the far-right leader has not explicitly acknowledged his electoral defeat on October 30. In protest, thousands of his supporters gathered in military barracks across the country, demanding the military intervene as they claim, without any evidence, the election was stolen.

According to the police statement, Sousa arrived in Brasilia from his home state of Para on October 12 to join other Bolsonaro supporters, who were camping outside the armed forces headquarters in the city.

Sousa said he was inspired by President Bolsonaro to spend more than $30,000 to purchase the weapons and ammunition, according to his statement. CNN has reached out to Bolsonaro for comment.

Violence erupted in the country before the inauguration of Lula da Silva.

In mid-December, protesters clashed with police in the capital Brasilia as they attempted to break into a federal police building following the arrest of an outspoken Bolsonaro supporter.

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