Hundreds of followers of the former Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaroinvaded today in Brasilia the headquarters of the National Congress in a demonstration calling for a military intervention to overthrow President Lula da Silva.
Later they did the same in the Planalto Palace, seat of the Executive, and the Supreme Court. The demonstrators, who broke the windows of the headquarters of the Judiciary, they already occupy the headquarters buildings of the three powers of the country.
The Legislative Police of Congress and the National Security Force, an elite group of agents from the different states, fired tear gas to disperse, without success, the protesters, who carried Brazilian flags and some were armed with sticks. After overcoming the police barrier, the radicals have committed acts of vandalism, causing various kinds of damage inside these buildings, as can be seen in videos that are being uploaded to social networks:
The demonstrators have also occupied the Square of the Three Powerswhere the Supreme Court, the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and the Planalto Palace —seat of the Government— are located, which remain surrounded by a crowd dressed in the green and yellow colors of the Brazilian flag.
The President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, It is not found today in Brasíliasince he is visiting the interior of the state of Sao Paulo.
They do not recognize Lula’s victory
The radical Bolsonaristas They do not recognize Lula’s victory at the pollswho on October 30 won the second round of the presidential elections very narrowly, obtaining 50.9% of the valid votes compared to 49.1% for his rival Bolsonaro.
The demonstrators who have invaded the headquarters of the three State powers are calling for the military intervention of the Armed Forces to overthrow Lula, who on January 1 assumed the Presidency of Brazil with the presence, among others, of King Felipe VI.
Immediately after the defeat at the polls, supporters of Jair Bolsonaro set up camps in front of the barracks in several Brazilian cities and in many places they have remained concentrated for two months.
Punish assailants “urgently”
The President of the Brazilian Congress, Senator Rodrigo Pachecoasked to punish “urgently” and with the “rigor of the law” the Bolsonaro radicals who have invaded the headquarters of the three State powers in Brasilia.
“I vehemently repudiate these anti-democratic acts, which must urgently feel the rigor of the law,” Pacheco said in a message posted on his social networks.
I spoke recently, by phone, as the governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, with whom I come to maintain permanent contact. The governor informed me that he is concentrating the efforts of all the senseless police apparatus to control the situation.
— Rodrigo Pacheco (@rodrigopacheco) January 8, 2023
The senator reported that he is in “permanent contact” with the governor of the Federal District of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, who assured him that “he is concentrating the efforts of the entire police apparatus” to “control the situation.” “The security forces of the Federal District are involved in the action, in addition to the Legislative Police of Congress,” he added.