Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazilian Congress

10 January 2023 00:15

Supporters of former Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro who refuse to accept his election defeat stormed congress the supreme court and presidential palace on Sunday.

A week after the inauguration of his leftist rival, President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva. Thousands of demonstrators bypassed security barricades, climbed on roofs, smashed windows, and invaded all three buildings, which were believed to be largely vacant on the weekend.

Some of the demonstrators called for a military intervention to either restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power or oust Lula from the Presidency. Footage released by the presidential palace media department, which said the images were filmed by government personnel, showed damage to offices and lobby areas.

Hours went by before control of the buildings on Brasilia’s vast three powers square was reestablished with hundreds of the participants arrested. Less than three hours after the storming, security forces seemed to be regaining control of the presidential palace and supreme court’s surroundings, while thousands of protesters remained around congress and on its roof.

Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting Lula's electoral win since Oct. 30, blocking roads, setting vehicles on fire, and gathering outside military buildings, seeking the armed forces to intervene. Many of them alleged that election results were fraudulent or unreliable.