Bolsonaro Fanatics Storm Congress in Brazilian Echo of January 6

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Hordes of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Congress, the Supreme Court and other key government buildings in the country’s capital on Sunday, in remembrance of the historic attack on the US Capitol just over two years ago.

Despite an attempt by police to disperse the crowd with tear gas, protesters overpowered security barriers and broke windows to enter the buildings, which are located in Brasília’s Trinity Square, the The Bharat Express News reported.

Local television channels and images shared on social media showed protesters, decked out in green and yellow, walking up a large ramp toward the convention building. Some made it to the Senate chamber, where they could be seen in video footage bouncing around the room, using couches as slides.

Crowds similarly poured into presidential offices, where they roamed and erected barricades with furniture. “They throw chairs out of the windows,” explains a commentator from the local newspaper GloboNews.

In another eerie echo of the January 6 riots, some livestreamed the occasion, encouraging their viewers to “like and subscribe,” The New York Times reported.

About 3,000 protesters, many of whom camped in the square for days, were on the scene, according to local news estimates quoted by Reuters.

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Army officers were on site, both on the ground and in the air. Soldiers in a helicopter appeared to be firing both anti-riot ammunition and tear gas grenades at the crowd. Time said.

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President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was not at home at the time of the attack, but was reportedly on an official trip to the state of São Paulo. Congress was also not in session.

Although the presidential and congressional offices were mostly empty, CNN reported that a team was working at the palace when the protesters broke into the building. Several officials were still waiting to be evacuated by the Air Force amid the chaos.

Da Silva, commonly known as Lula, announced that he would issue an emergency decree giving the federal government full powers to regain control of the capital by “all necessary measures”.

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The decision will remain in effect until the end of the month.

In a statement, Valdemar Costa Neto, a congressman who serves as the head of Bolsonaro’s right-wing liberal party, said it was a “sad day” for Brazil. “We cannot agree with the sacking of the national congress,” he continued.

“All orderly demonstrations are legitimate. Disorder has never been part of our nation’s principles. I want to tell you that we strongly disapprove of this kind of attitude and let the law be enforced, which strengthens our democracy.”

Flavio Dino, Brazil’s justice minister, tweeted that the “absurd attempt to impose their will by force will not prevail”, adding: “The government of the Federal District has ensured that there will be reinforcements. And the forces at our disposal are at work.”

Senate President Rodrigo Pachecho similarly condemned the attack, tweeting, “I strongly reject these anti-democratic acts, which must urgently face the rigors of the law.”

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Many of Bolsonaro’s supporters have categorically refused to accept that he lost the country’s presidential election to his far-left rival in October. Some have called on the military to intervene and overturn the elections by force.

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Bolsonaro, who served as Brazil’s president from 2019 to last month, has baselessly claimed that a software flaw compromised some of the country’s voting machines during the election.

In November, a pro-Bolsonaro coalition complained to local electoral authorities, claiming to have found “signs of irreparable … malfunction” in the machines. A day later Alexandre de Moraes, Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice, fined the coalition $4.3 million for its “bad faith” attempt to overturn the election.

Da Silva was inaugurated last week after winning 51 percent of the vote in a neck-and-neck election.

Bolsonaro fled Brazil after his loss and currently resides in Orlando, Florida, in a house owned by a mixed-martial-arts fighter just a few miles away from Disney World.

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