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.
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.
The Planalto Palace, considered an architectural jewel by late Oscar Niemeyer and home to .@LulaOficial, is being destroyed by deranged Bolsonaro followers, mockingly known in #Brazil as “Bolsominions” pic.twitter.com/s9HZtnLM6S
— Robert Valencia (@rvalentwit) January 8, 2023
The videos coming from Brazil, as fascist Bolsonaro supporters storm their Capitol, Supreme Court, and Presidential palace, are just incredibly similar to January 6th pic.twitter.com/E2AuGr7LfE
— Read Jackson Rising by @CooperationJXN (@JoshuaPHilll) January 8, 2023
BREAKING: Bolsonaro supporters break into the National Congress in Brazil pic.twitter.com/EHyEbqf2FE
— BNO News (@BNONews) January 8, 2023
All eyes need to be on Brazil right now. Democracy is completely under attack. Bolsonaro supporters are invading Congress, the presidential
palace, and realms of power in Brazil.
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) January 8, 2023
#Update: Just in – More other video footage's showing you Jair #Bolsonaro supporters, being inside the National Congress building in #Brasilia, #Brazil, after they forced they way into the building overwhelming the police. pic.twitter.com/sDX7VmcsJr
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 8, 2023
Breaking News: Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil’s Congress and presidential offices over false claims of a rigged election. https://t.co/PAO6oXjlOB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2023