Hundreds arrested as Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s Congress live

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Bolsonaro supporters storm National Congress in Brazil

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

Thousands of demonstrators bypassed security barricades, climbed rooftops, broke windows and invaded all three buildings, which are connected by Brasilia’s sprawling Trinity Square.

More than 300 people have been arrested so far after the invasion as police drove rioters from government buildings.

There are no reports yet of any deaths or serious injuries 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 rioters will be found and punished with the “full force of the law”.

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

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Police arrest at least 300 people after storming government buildings

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

Media footage showed police evacuating key government buildings, including the Capitol, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court, while escorting busloads of handcuffed protesters.

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

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

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 06:30

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Biden calls Brazil riots ‘attack on democracy’ as world 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 looks forward to continuing to work with leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who last year defeated Bolsonaro in one of the most polarized elections in a generation in the country.

“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 supported 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 have every confidence that it will be. Brazil is a great democratic country,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“The attempted coup by the Brazilian conservatives, instigated by the leadership of the oligarchic power, their spokesmen and zealots, is reprehensible and undemocratic. Lula is not alone, he has the support of the progressive forces of his country, Mexico, the Americas and the world,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradar.

Stuti Mishra9 January 2023 06:15

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Trump silent on January 6 attack in Brazil

A Conservative candidate loses his reelection 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 January 6 uprising, Trump has refrained from commenting on the siege in Brazil, writes Josh Marcus.

Stuti MishraJanuary 9, 2023 6:04 AM

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Bolsonaro condemns Brazilian riots by supporters, denies role

Jair Bolsonaro has condemned “looting and invasion of public buildings” after hundreds of his supporters raided the Congress, Presidential Palace and Supreme Court.

Bolsonaro rejected what he called newly elected president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s “baseless” allegations that he had instigated the invasion of the seat of power in Brasilia.

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

“Peaceful demonstrations, in the form of law, are part of democracy. But looting and invasions of public buildings such as those that took place today, as well as those by the left in 2013 and 2017, are out of the question,” Bolsenaro wrote on Twitter in Portuguese. “During my tenure, I have always kept within the four lines of the Constitution and respected and defended laws, democracy, transparency and our sacred freedom.”

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“In addition, I reject, without evidence, the allegations attributed to me by Brazil’s current CEO,” he added.

Stuti MishraJanuary 9, 2023 06:00

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Lula vows to punish ‘neo-fascists’ with ‘full legal force’

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 overthrow his week-old government. to overthrow.

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

He called the rioters “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.

Mr. 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 there were several speeches by Bolsonaro encouraging the storming.

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

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva talks to people as he stands before the Brazilian Congress after supporters of Jair Bolsonaro attacked a government building

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Stuti MishraJanuary 9, 2023 5:34 am

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Dramatic footage shows Bolsonaro supporters beating up a police officer on horseback

In one clip, that’s a lone policeman on horseback pulled from his horse as they were hit by rioters armed with long wooden sticks, waving Brazilian flags and dressed in the country’s famous yellow football strip.

The mob continues to beat the police officer as he sinks into his saddle and falls to the ground in the 18-second clip posted by police Eixo Politico news site.

Bevan Hurley has more details:

Stuti MishraJanuary 9, 2023 5:04 AM

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Bolsonaro supporters invade Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court

Supporters of Brazil’s former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro raided the Supreme Court and Congress building and surrounded the presidential palace in Brasilia in a grim echo of the U.S. Capitol uprising almost exactly two years ago.

Thousands of demonstrators bypassed security barricades, climbed rooftops, broke windows and invaded all three buildings linked by the sprawling Trinity Square in the national capital of Brasilia.

Local media estimate the involvement of about 3,000 people.

There are no reports yet of any 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 police who were initially outnumbered.

Many protesters contested the results of the October 30 election, in which left-wing Brazilian statesman Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, defeated Bolsonaro.

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

Pro-Bolsonaro protesters storm the Brazilian Congress, Supreme Court

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who refuse to accept his electoral 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 MishraJanuary 9, 2023 4:38 am

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Good morning! Welcome to TBEN‘s live blog covering the latest news in Brazil as thousands of supporters of the Jair Bolsonaro Congress. Stay tuned!

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