Petroleo Brasileiro SA stepped up security at its refineries in a precautionary measure after threats against assets, including Brazil’s biggest fuel plant, two company officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The threats were detected by Petrobras’ intelligence unit monitoring social media communications of supporters of Brazil’s far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro, the two people said.
The state-controlled company said on Sunday night all its assets and refineries were operating normally.
Thousands of Bolsonaro’ supporters on Sunday invaded the country’s Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court, destroying furniture and shattering windows, in an echo of the U.S. Capitol invasion in Jan. 6, 2021, by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
The threats to Petrobras targeted assets such as refineries in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Parana states, the people said. Petrobras has a 1,000-person private security workforce and is working with state police.
Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister, Alexandre Silveira, said Brazil’s fuel supply would run normally, as would the country’s refineries.
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