BREAKING NEWS: Brazil’s former President Bolsonaro is ‘admitted to Florida hospital with abdominal pains’
- Bolsonaro arrived in Florida on Dec. 30, two days before Lula’s inauguration
- The ex-President was allegedly rushed to hospital in Orlando today
- He is facing at least four investigations in Brazil and has lost immunity
Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro has been admitted into a hospital in Orlando, Florida after experiencing ‘severe abdominal pains.’
The far-right politician, who is currently living in Florida, was rushed to Advent Health Celebration hospital because of his ailments, local media reports.
His supporters have refused to accept his election defeat and yesterday stormed Brazil’s Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital a week after the inauguration of his leftist rival, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The attack – reminiscent of the January 6, 2021 invasion of the US Capitol building by supporters of former president Donald Trump, a Bolsonaro ally – took the intervention of military police to bring calm to Brasilia’s Three Powers Square.
Former President Jair Bolsonaro has been rushed to hospital in Florida, according to local reports
Pictured: Former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, center, meets with supporters outside a vacation home where he is staying near Orlando, on Wednesday, January 4, 2023
According to reports, Bolsonaro – a far-right nationalist – has been staying at the home of Jose Aldo, a retired Brazilian professional MMA fighter and UFC champion.
The pair were pictured inside what appeared to be Aldo’s Orlando home, a found a few miles from Disney World.
The former president posed in MMA gloves, and in one photo even had Aldo jokingly in a headlock – as the pair beamed from ear to ear.
Bolsonaro, who is facing a variety of investigations at home for his time in the presidential office, arrived in Florida late December 30. Reports suggest he plans to stay in the United States for at least a month – and maybe up to three.
Since arriving, he has been filmed wandering around his temporary neighborhood soaking up the adoration of expat Brazilian supporters who flocked to the house where he is staying, and even staged a mini rally in support.
Pictured: Bolsonaro supporters film him outside a home in Florida as he greets them on the driveway. The former Brazilian president arrived in the state on December 30
According to the Orlando Sentinel, more than 50 well-wishers – some draped in the yellow and green flags of Brazil – gathered outside the residence.
For 30 minutes, Bolsonaro posed for photos with his supporters, and even wore a USA soccer jersey, as they gathered on the driveway of what was reported to be Jose Aldo’s home.
He also also been filmed inside a local Publix grocery store, with one shopper filming the formal president perusing the aisles before he realized he was on camera. When he did notice the camera, he flashed a slightly awkward thumbs up.
Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade the National Congress in Brasilia on January 8, 2023
Supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as security forces operate, outside Brazil’s National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, January 8, 2023
How Bolsonaro has been spending his time in Florida
December 30: Bolsonaro arrives in Florida by presidential jet
January 1: Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is sworn in
January 1: Bolsonaro is seen wandering his Florida neighborhood greeting supporters outside his temporary home which reportedly belongs to MMA legend Jose Aldo
January 2: Former president appears in an Instagram video with Cristiano Piquet, a Brazilian ex-pat living in Florida who hit the headlines when he helped save a women who had fallen into a canal
January 4: Bolsonaro is again see greeting supporters and wandering the aisles of a local Publix grocery store in Orlando
January 8: Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s government buildings
January 8: Ex-president posts on Twitter saying the protests ‘escaped the rule’ of law
January 9: Calls intensify for Bolsonaro to be removed from the US, as reports say Anderson Torres – the security secretary in charge of ensuring the region where the riots took place was safe – was in Florida at the time
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