Hundreds of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the headquarters of the National Congress today in a demonstration calling for a military intervention to overthrow President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The group, which defends coup theses, overcame a police barrier and climbed the ramp that gives access to the roof of the buildings of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and some entered inside the legislative headquarters.
The extremists, mostly wearing yellow and green shirts and Brazilian flags, also attacked some vehicles of the Legislative Police, which provides security for Congress.
They also destroyed protection barriers and, armed with sticks, confronted the agents who tried, without success, to contain the entry of the protesters.
Lula, who assumed the Presidency of Brazil on the 1st, is traveling this weekend in the city of Araraquara, in Sao Paulo. Hundreds of radical Bolsonaro supporters have been camped out in front of the Army Headquarters in Brasilia since the day after the elections on October 30, in which Lula defeated Bolsonaro.
The camps of the radical Bolsonaristas, which have multiplied in cities throughout the country, began to be dismantled on Friday in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, where some disturbances occurred.
On Saturday, the Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, authorized the action of the National Security Force, an elite group of police forces from all over the country, which is mobilized for special missions.
Since Lula’s victory in the second round of elections on October 30, with 50.9% of the valid votes compared to 49.1% for Bolsonaro, his supporters have concentrated outside the Army barracks.
Before the invasion of Congress, Dino spoke on social networks and said that opponents will have to wait until 2026, when the next presidential elections are held, just as the current government waited between 2018 and 2022.
In a statement, Dino said that the Ministry of Justice called an emergency meeting with security agencies to deal with the demonstrations.