Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazilian Congress

Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazilian Congress
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A week after Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, officially assumed office, supporters of his far-right predecessor , Jair Bolsonaro, have stormed Congress, the Supreme Court, and surrounded the presidential palace.

Via BBC:

Supporters of Mr Bolsonaro – who refuse to accept that he lost the election – broke through police barriers in the capital, Brasília.

Police used tear gas but failed to repel the demonstrators.

Protesters have smashed windows, while others reached the Senate chamber, where they jumped onto seats and used benches as slides.

It is unclear if they are still in the building.

Mr Bolsonaro’s supporters are calling for military intervention and the resignation of Mr da Silva – better known as Lula – who defeated his far-right rival in October’s election.

Obviously, this has major echoes of the violent January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building in 2021.

It’s worth noting that Bolsonaro, like Trump, refused to attend the inauguration of the new president.