Bolsonaro Fanatics Storm Congress in Brazilian Echo of January 6


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.

Local news footage showed protesters, many decked out in green and yellow, making their way through the presidential palace, according to the The Bharat Express News.

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Reportedly, while on an official trip to the state of São Paulo, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was not at home at the time of the attack. Congress was not in session, and the offices of the president and congress were largely empty on Sunday The New York Times.

“This absurd attempt to force their will will not prevail,” Flavio Dino, Brazil’s justice minister, tweeted. “The government of the Federal District has provided reinforcements. And the forces at our disposal are at work.”

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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. 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.

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

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