Based on the expertise of the Carlos Éboli Criminalistics Institute (ICCE) and the Anti-Bomb Squadron, the Civil Police of Rio found that the device used in the attack on the Consulate General of China in Rio de Janeiro last Thursday (16) was a handmade explosive. The man who released the explosive has yet to be identified.
The attack, which caused damage to the entrance to the building, had no injuries. Last Saturday (18), the Chinese Consulate released an official statement in which it classifies the action as an “act of serious violence” and demands a serious investigation of the case.
“It was a serious act of violence to which the Consulate General of China expresses its vehement condemnation. Maintaining close communication with the Brazilian authorities, this consular mission calls for a thorough investigation into the attack, the punishment of the culprit under the law and appropriate measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again”, says the statement, which also requires concrete measures to ensure the protection of the consular mission.
“The smooth development of Sino-Brazilian relations corresponds to the essential interests of both countries. Any conspiracy of a very few people to destroy the China-Brazil friendship will not succeed. We hope and are convinced that the Brazilian government will take concrete measures to protect this consular mission and its personnel, as provided for in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, guaranteeing the safety and integrity of the facilities and its personnel,” the text emphasizes.
The US Embassy in Brazil also spoke about the attack. On social networks, the representation of the US government classified the attack as “intimidation” and recalled the principles that guarantee the protection of diplomats.
We regret the recent attempt to intimidate or damage the Chinese consulate headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. We also emphasize that diplomatic representations around the world are protected by inviolable principles.
— US Embassy Brazil (@US Embassy) September 18, 2021
The Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), through a statement, condemned the attack and demanded seriousness in the investigation of the Brazilian authorities, recalling that actions like the one that took place last week could harm relations between both countries.
“Such conduct is unacceptable and can tarnish diplomatic relations between Brazil and China, whose partnership proves to be fruitful and extremely important for the development of both countries and for the strengthening of respectful bonds of friendship that go beyond cultural and economic contexts ”, highlights the note.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Jaqueline Deister