Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Hospitalized Amidst Protests and Rioting in Brazil

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Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized in Orlando, Florida, on Monday with "abdominal pain," the O Globo newspaper reported.

The news comes a day after Bolsonaro’s supporters marched on government buildings in Brasilia in protest of new president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The rioting included demonstrators storming Brazil’s Supreme Court, Congress, and the presidential palace.

Bolsonaro has a history of health problems, having been hospitalized multiple times for intestinal blockages. He suffered intestinal damage when he was stabbed at a 2018 campaign rally.

Bolsonaro never conceded defeat and refused to attend his successor’s inauguration. He flew to Florida two days prior to the new president being sworn in.

Bolsonaro denied having any involvement with the rioting and issued a statement condemning the violence.

"Peaceful demonstrations, within the law, are part of democracy. However, vandalism and the invasion of public buildings like today’s acts, and like those practiced by the left in 2013 and 2017, are an exception," Bolsonaro wrote in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.... (Read more)