Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace | CBC News


Supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro who refuse to accept his electoral defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital on Sunday, just a week after the inauguration of his leftist rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Thousands of demonstrators bypassed security barricades, climbed on the roofs, broke windows and invaded all three buildings, which are connected through the vast Three Powers square in Brasilia. Some are calling for a military intervention to restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power.

Images on TV channel Globo News showed protesters roaming the presidential palace, many of them wearing green and yellow, the colours of the flag that have also come to symbolize the Bolsonaro government.

The incidents recalled the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol, something many political analysts and the judiciary have warned about for months. But in this case, it is likely that Congress and the Supreme Court had limited personnel inside the buildings on a Sunday.

Bolsonaro’s supporters have been protesting against Lula’s electoral win since Oct. 30, blocking roads, setting vehicles on fire and gathering outside military buildings, asking the armed forces to intervene. Many believed election results were fraudulent or unreliable.

Police in riot gear face off against supporters of Brazil’s former president, Jair Bolsonaro, as they demonstrate outside Brazil’s National Congress in the capital, Brasilia, on Sunday. (Adriano Machado/Reuters)

“This absurd attempt to impose their will by force will not prevail,” Justice Minister Flavio Dino said on his Twitter account. “The government of the Federal District has ensured there will be reinforcements. And the forces at our disposal are at work.”

Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco said he was in permanent contact with Brasilia’s governor, Ibaneis Rocha, and that the entire police apparatus had been mobilized to control the situation.

Bolsonaro, who flew to the United States ahead of Lula’s inauguration, has not yet condemned or commented on the ongoing situation.

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