Brazil: supporters of Jair Bolsonaro invade the main places of power

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In Brazil, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Presidential Palace, the Supreme Court and the Congress on Sunday in Brasilia, a week after the inauguration of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as head of the country.

Hundreds of supporters of ex-Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro invaded, on Sunday January 8, the Congress, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace, the main places of power in Brasilia, causing a lot of damage, according to images broadcast on social networks and broadcast by Brazilian media.

“This absurd attempt to impose the will by force will not prevail,” warned the new Minister of Justice Flavo Dino, on Twitter, adding: “there will be reinforcements”.

These demonstrators are protesting against the return to power a week ago of leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who defeated Bolsonaro in the second round on October 30.

Lula is currently in Araraquara, a city in the state of Sao Paulo that has been hard hit by rain in recent days. Jair Bolsonaro has been in Florida since the day before Lula’s inauguration.

The area near the Three Powers Square, where the Presidential Palace of Planalto, the Supreme Court and the Congress meet, had however been cordoned off by the authorities, but the Bolsonarists managed to break the security cordons.

The impressive images, reminiscent of the invasion of the Capitol in the United States, show on social networks a veritable human tide of protesters dressed in yellow and green storming the places of power in Brasilia.

Jair Bolsonaro, who was narrowly beaten by Lula in the second round of the presidential election on October 30, left Brazil at the end of the year to join the United States.

With AFP

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