February 4, 2023

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Democracy or Autocracy?: Biden: The World is Tipping Point

Democracy or Autocracy?
BITON: The world is tipping over

Violent attacks on government institutions in Brazil give US President Biden reason to renew calls to protect democracy. He warns that the world is at a turning point. Humanity must decide what it wants.

US President Joe Biden has again warned that there is a threat to democracy. Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Biden said, “Nothing is guaranteed in our democracy.” He warned that democracy must be protected, referring to the recent violent attack on government institutions in the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

Biden with Pastor and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (left) at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

(Photo: AP)

A few days ago, supporters of right-wing ex-president Jair Bolsonaro besieged Congress, the seat of government and the Supreme Court in Brasilia. The attack was reminiscent of the attack on the House of Representatives in Washington two years ago by supporters of then US President Donald Trump. Trump’s supporters protested against Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Biden warned that the world is at a tipping point that will determine the course for decades to come. People have to choose between democracy and autocracy. The reason for Biden’s speech was the birthday of civil rights activist Martin Luther King (1929-1968) – he preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

This Monday is a public holiday in the United States in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Biden said Martin Luther King was one of his heroes and a constant inspiration to him. He is the first US president to speak at a Sunday church service. The parish has existed for 136 years. “I’m not, even if I look like it – I know,” added the 80-year-old jokingly.

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