Brazil riots today – latest: Hundreds arrested as Bolsonaro supporters storm Congress

Bolsonaro supporters storm the National Congress in Brazil

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country’s National Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital Brasilia on Sunday, in a grim echo of the US Capitol riot almost exactly two years ago.

Thousands of protesters bypassed security barricades, climbed roofs, smashed windows and invaded all three buildings, which are connected by the huge Three Powers Square in Brasilia.

Over 300 people have been arrested so far after the invasion as police cleared rioters from government buildings.

No deaths or serious injuries have yet been reported in the violence, but videos on social media show a trail of destruction with many supporters engaging in bloody clashes with initially outnumbered police.

It came just a week after the inauguration of Bolsonaro’s leftist rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who said rebels would be found and punished with “the full force of the law”.

Bolsonaro denied any involvement in the attack, calling any suggestion a “baseless” accusation.

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The police arrest at least 300 people after the storming of government buildings

At least 300 people have been arrested after pro-Bolsonaro supporters stormed key government buildings in Brazil’s capital.

Media images showed police clearing key government buildings, including the Capitol, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court, while escorting busloads of protesters in handcuffs.

The Brazilian police force revised the number of arrests to 300 after the governor of Brasília, Ibaneis Rocha, said earlier that around 400 protesters were arrested.

It comes after an estimated 3,000 people broke into government buildings chanting slogans and smashing furniture.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva inspected the headquarters of Brazil’s three branches of government after the area was secured as his government pledged to increase security

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 at 06:30

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Biden calls Brazil uprising “attack on democracy” as global leaders condemn violence

US President Joe Biden condemned the “attack on democracy” in Brazil after supporters of far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the country’s congress, presidential palace and supreme court.

Biden said he looked forward to continuing to work with leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who defeated Bolsonaro in one of the country’s most polarized elections in a generation last year.

“I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined, Biden tweeted.

Other world leaders also condemned the attack and offered support to Lula’s government.

“I condemn today’s attack on Brazil’s democratic institutions. The will of the Brazilian people and the country’s institutions must be respected. I am sure it will be so. Brazil is a great democratic country, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“The violent attempts to undermine democracy in Brazil are indefensible. President @LulaOficial and the Government of Brazil have the full support of the UK, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

“The coup attempt by the Brazilian conservatives, which was encouraged by the leadership of the oligarchic power, their spokespersons and fanatics, is reprehensible and undemocratic. Lula is not alone, he has the support of the progressive forces in his country, Mexico, the American continent and the world, said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradar.

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 06:15

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Trump remains silent on the January 6 attack in Brazil

A conservative candidate loses re-election and attacks the integrity of the electoral system while refusing to fully admit defeat as many of the candidate’s supporters protest and storm the capital.

So far, despite the many parallels to the uprising on January 6, Trump has refrained from making any comments about the siege in Brazil, writes Josh Marcus.

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 06:04

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Bolsonaro condemns Brazil riots by supporters, denies role

Jair Bolsonaro has condemned “looting and invasions of public buildings” after hundreds of his supporters raided Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court.

Bolsonaro rejected what he called President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s “groundless” accusations that he encouraged the invasion of the seat of power in Brasilia.

The ex-president – who left Brazil for the US state of Florida last month on the penultimate day of his term – also defended the right to “peaceful protests” on Twitter.

“Peaceful demonstrations, in the form of the law, are part of democracy. But the looting and invasion of public buildings that happened today, as well as those practiced by the left in 2013 and 2017, are out of the rule,” Bolsenaro wrote on Twitter in Portuguese. “Throughout my tenure, I have always stayed within the four lines of the Constitution and respected and defended laws, democracy, openness and our sacred freedom.”

“Furthermore, I reject the accusations, without evidence, attributed to me by the current top executive in Brazil,” he added.

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 at 06.00

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Lula promises to punish ‘neofascists’ with ‘full force of law’

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visited the wreckage of his presidential palace after thousands of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country’s democratic institutions, including the Capitol and Supreme Court in a failed attempt to topple his week-old government.

While visiting the wreckage, Lula declared a federal security intervention in Brasilia and vowed that “everyone involved will be punished”.

He called the rebels “fascists, fanatics” and said they would be punished “with the full force of the law”.

The federal intervention in Brasilia will last until January 31, he added in a speech.

Lula was far from the capital on an official trip to the state of Sao Paulo when the attack took place.

Lula held the former president responsible for inciting the crowd, saying several speeches by Bolsonaro encouraged the storming.

Bolsonaro, who has barely spoken publicly since losing the election, had left Brazil for Florida 48 hours before the end of his term and was absent from Lula’s inauguration. However, he has repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations of fraud during the presidential election in Brazil.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to people as he stands in front of Brazil’s Congress after supporters of Jair Bolsonaro attacked the government building

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Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 05:34

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Dramatic footage shows Bolsonaro supporters beating up a mounted policeman

In one clip is a lone riding policeman pulled from his horse as they were hit by rioters armed with long wooden sticks, waving Brazilian flags and wearing the country’s famous yellow soccer strip.

The mob continues to beat the policeman as he collapses in the hall and falls to the ground in the 18-second clip posted by Eixo Politico news page.

Bevan Hurley has more details:

Steer Mishra9 January 2023 05:04

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Bolsonaro supporters invade Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court

Supporters of Brazil’s former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Supreme Court, the congressional building and surrounded the presidential palace in Brasilia in a grim echo of the US Capitol riot almost exactly two years ago.

Thousands of protesters bypassed security barricades, climbed onto roofs, smashed windows and invaded all three buildings connected by the huge Three Powers Square in the national capital of Brasilia.

Local media estimated the involvement of around 3,000 people.

There have been no reports yet of deaths or serious injuries in the violence, but videos on social media showed a trail of destruction, with many supporters engaging in bloody clashes with initially outnumbered police.

Many protesters disputed the results of the October 30 election in which Brazil’s leftist statesman Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, often referred to as Lula, beat Bolsonaro.

Lula’s predecessor repeatedly questioned, without evidence, the credibility of the country’s electronic voting system, with many of his hardcore supporters believing him and protesting the election results.

Pro-Bolsonaro protesters storm Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who refuse to accept his election defeat have stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace, just a week after the inauguration of his leftist rival, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 04:38

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Good morning! welcome to The independenthis live blog covering the latest in Brazil as thousands of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro storm Congress. Pay attention!

Steer Mishra9 January 2023 03:50

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