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Bolsonaro’s supporters storm the Brazilian Congress, the capital’s supreme court


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Supporters of far-right former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who refused to accept his electoral defeat, on Sunday invaded the Supreme Court, the Congress building and the presidential palace in the capital, Brasilia, just a week after the inauguration of his left-wing rival, President Luiz. Ignacio Lula da Silva.

Thousands of demonstrators bypassed security barriers, climbed onto rooftops, smashed windows, and traversed the three buildings, which are connected via the Three Forces Square in Brasília. Some are calling for military intervention to restore far-right Bolsonaro to power.

Images broadcast by TV channel Globo News showed demonstrators walking around the presidential palace, many of them wearing green and yellow, the colors of the flag that has also come to symbolize Bolsonaro’s government.

The incidents brought to mind the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, something many political analysts and the judiciary have warned Bolsonaro about for months. But in this case, Congress and the Supreme Court will likely have a limited number of staff inside buildings on Sunday.

Bolsonaro’s supporters have been protesting against Lula’s election victory since October 30, blocking roads, setting fire to vehicles and gathering outside military buildings, and calling on the armed forces to intervene. Many believe that the election results were fraudulent or unreliable.

“This futile attempt to impose their will by force will not prevail,” Justice Minister Flavio Dino said on his Twitter account. “The Federal District Government has ensured that there will be reinforcements. The forces at our disposal are working.”

Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco said he is in constant contact with the governor of Brasília, Ibañes Rocha, and that the entire police service has been mobilized to control the situation.

Bolsonaro, who traveled to the United States before Lula’s inauguration, did not condemn or comment on the current situation.

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