Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s capital as ex-president is believed to be in Florida


Chaos hit Brazil’s capital on Sunday. As supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro descended. On government buildings, breaching them, climbing onto roofs and smashing windows.

The video shows damage to an office in the presidential palace. As well as broken windows of the country’s highest court.

Leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, sworn in on January 1. Responded by authorizing federal intervention in the federal district until the end of January.

He called those attacking the Congress “fascists,” according to a translation of his tweet on Sunday.

“Whoever did this will be found and punished. Democracy guarantees the right to free expression. But it requires people to respect institutions,” Lula tweeted. “What they have done today is unprecedented in the history of the country. They should be punished for that.”

Authorities fired tear gas and clashed with protesters. According to video of the scene distributed by news agency Reuters.

Many of the protesters wore Brazil’s national colors, yellow and green. Associated in recent years with supporters of Bolsonaro, who is believed to be in Florida.

Brazil’s TV Globo reported that Lula visited the scene of the unrest late Sunday night.

Ibanez Rocha, the governor of Brazil’s capital district. Said more than 400 people had been arrested in connection with the protests and violations.

He said, the authorities are continuing to work to restore order. Rocha described the incident that day as an act of terrorism.

The events, which commemorate the January 6, 2021. Attack on the US Capitol, come amid confusion about the election, which was aimed at Lula.

“The election cycle was characterized by the use of public resources for campaigning. And a sophisticated disinformation network.” The nonprofit Carter Center said after monitoring the presidential election in November.

“Most of the attacks were targeted by the Lula campaign,” it said.

Lula accused the crowd of taking advantage of the quiet Sunday. As his administration was still moving into government. He then took direct aim at Bolsonaro.

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“And you know several speeches by the former president encourage this,” Lula said. “And that’s his responsibility and the teams that support him.”

Bolsonaro denied Lula’s claims on Twitter, saying he has always respected the principles of democracy. He compared the situation to the left-wing insurgencies of 2013. And 2017 and said all such violence against the government is illegal.

President Joe Biden condemned the attack.

“I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil,” he tweeted. “We have full support for Brazil’s democratic institutions.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Mo., drew an obvious comparison between the chaos and former President Donald Trump’s supporters.

“The world’s democracies must act to make clear. That right-wing rebels will have no support for storming the Brazilian Congress,” Ruskin wrote. “These fascists modeling themselves after Trump’s Jan. 6 rioters must end up in the same place: prison.”

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweeted. His support for Brazil’s new government on Sunday, calling the incident an “attempted coup.”

He wrote, “The coup attempt by Brazilian conservatives is reprehensible. And encouraged by the undemocratic power leadership, their spokesmen and fanatics.” “Lula is not alone, she has the support of progressive forces in her country, Mexico, the Americas and the world.”

Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting. Lula’s victory since October 30, blocking roads, setting cars on fire. And gathering outside military buildings to call on the armed forces to intervene.

The Superior Electoral Court rejected claims of voter fraud by Bolsonaro and his party in November. The judge who made the ruling, Alexandre de Moraes, described the legal filing as a case of bad faith.

“Democracy is not an easy, correct or predictable path. But it is the only path and the judiciary does not tolerate criminal. And anti-democratic manifestations that attack the electoral process.” De Moraes wrote in his ruling.

He fined Bolsonaro’s team $4 million.

Lula defeated incumbent Bolsonaro in a runoff election with a narrow majority of 50.84%.

Throughout his campaign, Bolsonaro. Who did not immediately agree to run. Sowed doubts about electoral security among his supporters through misinformation. He asserted that Brazil’s electronic voting machines were prone to fraud, with no evidence to support his baseless claims.

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