Brazil: Security forces regain control of Congress after riots

The authorities have reportedly arrested at least 150 rioters who are supporters of former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Images from CNN Brazil showed Bolsonarian soldiers in yellow and green uniforms descending in single file, hands behind their backs, down the slope of the presidential palace in Planalto, surrounded by police.

In other photos, we see a bus filled with arrested protesters leaving for a police station.

And the Senate police announced that they had arrested 30 people in the House of Representatives, one of the centers of power that the Bolsonarians had stormed, similar to the neighboring House of Representatives, the Presidential Palace, and the Supreme Court.

As night fell in the Brazilian capital, law enforcement appeared to be gradually regaining control of the situation, with water cannons keeping protesters at bay, although dozens of demonstrators remained in place and the situation remained chaotic.

The police intervened forcefully to expel the rioters.

PHOTO: REUTERS/Osley Marcelino

Actions of “fascists” and “fanatics”

While traveling to São Paulo, Lula denounced these incidents that he had committed fascists and by fanatics Who is the will be punished with the full force of the law. In the same speech, he called for the deployment of federal security forces in Brasilia until January 31.

The head of security for the Federal District and former Brazilian Minister of Justice and Public Security Anderson Torres has been removed from office and the Public Prosecutor’s Office says it has requested his arrest.

In the middle of the afternoon, thousands of protesters gathered near the centers of power in Brazil. Many of them stormed the Supreme Court and Congress, smashing windows and furniture.

Local media estimated that about 3,000 people were present during the events, which recall the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 by supporters of former US President Donald Trump.

Protesters are vying for the outcome of the October 30 election, which saw left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeat incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.

    Protesters in Brasilia.

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro storm an official building during a protest against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil.

Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly challenged, without evidence, the credibility of Brazil’s electronic voting system, which many of his supporters agree with. Mr. Bolsonaro left Brazil for Florida 48 hours before the end of his term.

Lula’s Workers’ Party asked the Public Prosecutor’s Office to order public security forces to intervene to contain the demonstrators.

The governor of Brasilia, Ibañes Rocha, told Reuters that all security forces had been deployed to deal with the rioters.

Supporters from Latin America and around the world

Messages of support for President Lula poured in from Latin America and around the world. US President Joe Biden described the situation as “scandalous” after his Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, condemned the attack on Brazilian institutions. Just like French President Emmanuel Macron posted a message on Twitter:

The will of the Brazilian people and democratic institutions must be respected! President Lula can count on France’s unwavering support. »

Quote from Emmanuel Macron, President of France

In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed his full support for the Brazilian administration.

Vandals in the presidential palace in Brasilia.

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vandalize a room at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia.

Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Fascism decided to stage a coup In Brazil, Colombian President Gustavo Petro wrote on Twitter, requesting an urgent meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS). On the same network, Chilean President Gabriel Boric A A cowardly and despicable attack on democracy.

His Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernandez, expressed his support for President Lula against this coup attempt.

The US Embassy in Brazil advised its citizens to avoid downtown Brasilia until further notice.

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