This report addresses the digital public debate regarding the antidemocratic protests of January 8 in Brasília. The analysis on Twitter enabled a dissection of the network of interactions around the episode and an understanding of how the debate on the topic developed, focusing on discussions about interventionism and security forces. There was also a monitoring analysis on Telegram, including public groups aligned with former President Jair Bolsonaro and, to some extent, the antidemocratic protests, indicating the narratives and arguments circulating in these spaces. In general, there was a strong mobilization of the progressive sector to repudiate the demonstrations and connect them to Bolsonaro.
January 8; attack on democracy; online mobilization
Summary of Results
- Following an initially negative repercussion, profiles favorable to the coup attempt established a narrative according to which there were “infiltrated members” of the left in the attacks against the Three Branches in Brasília, especially within mobile app groups.
- There was uncertainty and dismay in public groups supporting Bolsonaro on Telegram after the dismantling of the protest encampments.
- Some bolsonarist profiles demanded military intervention and continued to emphasize a “war” narrative, claiming they had international support for the coup attempt and the “impeachment of the Three Branches”.
- Minister of Justice Flávio Dino had the most mentions in publications related to the episode on Twitter, with internet users mobilizing to help him identify those responsible for the attack.