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RIO DE JANEIRO — There was a second, shortly after the revolt, when it appeared Brazil may lastly wake from its fever dream.

The January assault on Brazil’s capital, by 1000’s of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro intent on reversing his defeat within the presidential election, was so stunning that it appeared to unify a lot of the nation’s fractious political class round a necessity to guard the democracy being torn aside by polarization and political hatred.

Conservatives traveled to Brasília to fulfill with leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and talk about the right way to keep away from additional violence. Bolsonaro’s congressional allies declared their dedication to democracy. Even Bolsonaro, whose groundless allegations of electoral fraud had primed supporters to assault, expressed shock. “We lament what occurred,” he stated from his self-imposed exile in Florida.

However, as occurred within the aftermath Washington’s Jan. 6 revolt, Brazil has since deserted any semblance of political concord and retreated to its acquainted ideological camps, the place interpretations of what occurred that day in Brasília are determined not by truth, however political orthodoxy.

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Months later, it’s clear: As an alternative of jolting the nation into taking severely its political divisions, the assault has turn out to be only one extra technique to measure them.

“The result would be the identical right here because it was in america,” stated Antonio Lavareda, president of the Institute of Social, Political and Financial Analysis within the northeastern metropolis of Recife. “The information will are available in second, and what is going to come first is perception and narrative.”

Based on the authorities right here, these are the information: Exhausting-line Bolsonaristas spent weeks camped out in entrance of navy bases all through Brazil after Bolsonaro’s October loss to Lula. Parroting Bolsonaro’s unsubstantiated claims that fraud had marred the outcomes, and satisfied Lula had stolen the election, they pleaded with Brazil’s armed forces to dam his inauguration.

Lula took the oath of workplace on Jan. 1 — and Bolsonaro decamped for Florida moderately than hand him the presidential sash — however the protesters stayed the place they have been. In Brasília, their numbers swelled dramatically the morning of Jan. 8, when greater than 120 buses introduced in 1000’s extra from all around the nation. Clad within the inexperienced and yellow of Bolsonaro’s nationalist motion, they departed en masse for the nation’s most essential federal buildings — the presidential palace, the Supreme Court docket and Congress — and overran them.

However in a society warped by polarization, the information have turn out to be open to interpretation, as misinformation spreads on social media and right-wing teams search to rewrite historical past, seizing on current revelations that they are saying forged doubt on how a lot effort Lula’s authorities put into stopping the assault.

The Brazilian left says the rioters dedicated the gravest assault on Brazilian democracy because the 1964 navy coup. One among Bolsonaro’s high lieutenants, Anderson Torres, who was in command of Brasília’s safety the day of the assault, has been arrested on allegations he was plotting an influence seize that may preserve Bolsonaro in energy. And Bolsonaro, who is anticipated to offer testimony to federal police on Wednesday, is underneath felony investigation for allegedly inspiring the rebellion.

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Bolsonaro’s backers are nonetheless hardening their positions round a counternarrative that blames Lula and the left for the unrest. They are saying the Lula authorities was negligent in planning safety — and has one thing to cover. Exhausting-line Bolsonaristas are taking their claims additional, spreading a conspiracy concept on social media that leftist sympathizers “infiltrated” the protests and provoked the assault.

“I participated within the acts of Jan. 8,” stated Gilne Lima, a Bolsonarista in Brasília. “There have been lots of people infiltrated, instigating vandalism and crime.”

The most important booster of this rivalry is Bolsonaro himself.

“Our folks would by no means do what was executed on Jan. 8,” he told NBC last month. “So we’re increasingly sure that it was folks from the left that deliberate all of it.”

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This tangle of truth, perception and fantasy is now the topic of a political battle over whether or not Brazil ought to open a congressional investigation into the rebellion. Some say a probe will solely deepen the nation’s wounds. Others say it’s the solely technique to heal them.

The Lula administration, reluctant to mire itself in a protracted and polarizing investigation, has tried to look previous the assaults and give attention to financial points and international coverage. However that modified when safety footage leaked to Brasil appeared to indicate a senior Lula aide doing little to sluggish the advance of rioters, opening up the federal government to allegations it had one way or the other been concerned.

“Who was warned and didn’t take motion?” Ciro Nogueira, Bolsonaro’s former chief of workers, requested on a tv present Monday.

“The movies had been hidden,” Sen. Sergio Moro, Bolsonaro’s former justice minister, alleged in an interview with The Washington Publish. “Why are we solely discovering this out from a leak on Brasil?”

The nation now appears heading towards a full accounting of what transpired, a wrenching course of that’s certain to soak up the nation for months, and probably years. Pundits are urging the nation to get on with it, lest misinformation fester.

“It’s as much as authorities officers to not permit this model to prevail, that this was a leftist setup for Lula to appear like a sufferer and are available out the hero of the resistance,” Dora Kramer wrote Tuesday in Folha de S. Paulo. “The savagery was the work of sworn Bolsonaristas who, on the scene, claimed duty for the crime.”

Others say a congressional inquiry will change few minds. Too many have invested an excessive amount of within the nation’s divisions to show again now.

“Many political actors don’t need unity,” stated Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto, a political scientist on the College of São Paulo. “They need to perpetuate the polarization that gave them start.”

Don’t count on an inquiry to get to the reality, he stated.

“This can be a dispute of narratives the place what least issues is factual reality.”

Marina Dias in Brasília contributed to this report.