aSupporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress in the capital, Brasilia. They smashed the windows of the façade and entered the entrance hall, as seen on Globo TV on Sunday.
According to media reports, security forces regained control of the three branches of government later in the day. The television showed footage showing dozens of demonstrators being handcuffed.
Hundreds of demonstrators had previously entered the parliament building and climbed to the roof of the building. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades but were unable to stop supporters of former right-wing leader Bolsonaro.
The President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, wrote, “I condemn these anti-democratic actions that must be urgently punished with the severity of the law.” Twitter. “I was on the phone with the Governor of the Federal District, Ibañez Rocha, and I am in regular contact with him. The governor informed me that the entire police force is focused on getting the situation under control.”
Pictures have been uploaded to the internet that brought back memories of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Bolsonaro supporters broke through police barriers and entered the congressional building, according to videos circulating on the internet. They smashed the doors and windows and then poured into the building in droves.
You can see destroyed representative offices and demonstrators who climbed onto the Senate benches. Pictures also showed protesters storming the nearby Planalto presidential palace and the Supreme Court. Many of the conquistadors wore yellow clothes and waved the Brazilian flag.
The damage to the three buildings, which are icons of modern architecture and house many works of art, appears to be significant.
A video showed a crowd outside Congress dragging a police officer off his horse and beating him.
The authorities cordoned off the area near Three Powers Square, where the Congress, the Planalto Presidential Palace and the Supreme Court are located from each other. However, Bolsonaro’s supporters managed to overcome the barriers. The security forces appeared completely exhausted and tried in vain to push people back with tear gas.
An AFP photographer noticed dozens of Bolsonaro supporters running down the ramp to the Congress building to occupy the roof of the building. There they unfurled a banner reading “Intervention” – a call to the Brazilian army. Many Bolsonaro supporters also gathered in the surrounding lawns and squares and in front of the presidential palace of Planalto.
President Lula was absent from the capital on Sunday but visited the city of Araraquara in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo. It was devastated by floods in late 2022. Lula condemned the attack on the capital, Brasilia. “All vandals will be found and punished,” the head of state said on Sunday. “We will also find out who funded it.” By decree, Lula ordered the federal government to take charge of public safety in Brasília.
Bolsonaro condemned the attack by his extremist supporters on the government district in the capital, Brasilia. Peaceful demonstrations are part of democracy. “It does not include looting and raids on public buildings, as happened today,” the former right-wing head of state wrote on Sunday (local time) on Twitter. “Throughout my tenure, I have always supported the Constitution, respected and defended law, democracy, transparency and our sacred freedom.”
After the attack on government buildings, the head of security in the capital, Brasília, Anderson Torres, was fired. “I have decided to dismiss the Minister of Security of the Federal District and at the same time I have sent all the security forces into the streets to catch and punish those responsible,” Federal District Governor Ibañez Rocha wrote on Twitter. “I am in Brasilia to observe the demonstrations and take all measures to curb anti-democratic riots in the government district.”
The head of the ruling Workers’ Party had earlier made serious allegations against officials in the capital, Brasilia. “The government of the Federal District was irresponsible in the face of the invasion of Brasília and the National Congress,” Jellysy Hoffman wrote on Twitter on Sunday. It was a declared crime against democracy, against the will of the electorate and other interests. The governor and the security minister, who are supporters of Bolsonaro, are responsible for everything that happens.
The incident came a week after the inauguration of the new leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula, who has been a Latin American left-wing idol for years, won the October 30 presidential run-off by narrowly defeating Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro did not openly admit his electoral defeat. Even after the elections, radical supporters of the former army repeatedly protested against Lula’s victory and called on the country’s armed forces to stage a military coup.
Contrary to custom, Bolsonaro did not attend the inauguration ceremony of his successor Lula on New Year’s Day and traveled to the United States with his family.
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