Brazil: Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro storm the parliament

Brazil: Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro storm the parliament

Brazil: Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro storm the parliament

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Thousands of supporters of right-wing former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the parliament building in the capital, Brasilia.

New President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed to find and punish the perpetrators.

The dramatic scenes happened a week after the inauguration of the veteran left-wing politician.

Police used tear gas against the protesters, many wearing Brazil national football team jerseys and some draped in the national flag, but were unable to repel them.

Bolsonaro’s supporters also stormed the Supreme Court and surrounded the presidential palace.

The National Guard was ordered to Brasilia to restore order.

The president also ordered the center of the capital – including the main street where government buildings are located – closed for 24 hours. Local media reported that security forces had regained control of the area, but officials have yet to confirm this.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly refused to accept that he lost October’s election and left the country last week instead of attending the inauguration ceremony where he was supposed to hand over the presidential sash.

Bolsonaro, 67, who is believed to be in Florida, did not immediately comment.

Da Silva – better known as Lula – said there was “no precedent in our country’s history” for the scenes that unfolded in Brasilia on Sunday, describing the violence as “the work of vandals and fascists”.

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Lula vowed to hold those responsible for the burglary accountable

He also criticized the security forces for failing to prevent protesters from reaching Parliament building, accusing them of “incompetence, malice or malice”.

“You will see in the pictures that they (police officers) are guiding people on their way to Praça dos Tres Powers. We will find out who are the financiers of these vandals who went to Brasilia and they will all pay (the price) legal force,” he said.

A video clip broadcast by the news platform O Globo showed some officials laughing and taking photos together, while in the background the protesters occupying Parliament’s compound emerged.

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Demonstrators smashed windows while others reached the Senate Chamber and jumped onto benches.

Footage on social media shows protesters snatching a police officer from his horse and attacking him in front of the parliament building.

It is not clear if they are still inside, but footage broadcast by state media showed police arresting dozens of yellow-shirted protesters outside the presidential palace.

Other suspects – whose hands were tied behind their backs – were seen being led out of the building.

The protesters had been gathering since morning on the lawns in front of Parliament and a kilometer from the Esplanada street, which is lined with ministry headquarters and national monuments.

And security appeared tight, with roads around the Parliament compound closed and armed police stationed at all entrances to the area.

Many compared the events to the storming of the US Capitol, where Congress is located, on January 6, 2021 by supporters of former President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro’s ally.

Bolsonaro’s supporters are calling for army intervention and the resignation of Lula, who defeated his far-right rival in the election.

Many of them have set up camps in cities across Brazil, some outside of military barracks. Because his most ardent supporters want the army to step in and hold new elections, saying the elections were stolen from them.

Lula’s enthronement seemed to curb their movements, for the camps in Brasília were dismantled and there was no rioting on the day of his swearing-in.

But Sunday’s scenes show that those predictions were premature.

The storming of Parliament drew condemnations from around the world.

US President Joe Biden criticized an attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil.

Biden tweeted Washington’s full support for Brazil’s democratic institutions.

Lula has also received support from across Latin America, including Argentina, Mexico and Chile.

The European Union and French President Emmanuel Macron showed support for the Brazilian President.

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