Followers of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Planalto Palace, seat of the executiveand the Supreme Courtafter having previously invaded the National Congress in coup acts against the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Hundreds of followers stormed the headquarters of National Congress in a demonstration calling for military intervention to overthrow President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The group, which defends coup thesesovercame a police barrier and climbed the ramp that gives access to the roof of the buildings of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and some entered inside the legislative headquarters.
The extremists, mostly wearing yellow and green shirts and Brazilian flags, also attacked some vehicles of the Legislative Police, which provides security for Congress.
They also destroyed protection barriers and, armed with sticks, confronted the agents who tried, using tear gas canisters, unsuccessfully contain the entry of protesters.
⚠️ Bolsonarists invade the National Congress in an anti-democratic demonstration pic.twitter.com/fpLp7TThD2
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Hundreds of radical Bolsonaristas are camped in front of the Army Headquarters, in Brasiliasince the day after the elections on October 30, in which Lula defeated Bolsonaro.
The camps of the radical Bolsonaristas, who have multiplied in cities across the countrybegan to be dismantled on Friday in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, where some disturbances occurred.
Saturday, the Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, authorized the action of the National Security Forcean elite group of police forces from all over the country, which is mobilized for special missions.
Since Lula’s victory in the second round of elections on October 30, with 50.9% of the valid votes compared to 49.1% for Bolsonaro, his supporters have concentrated outside the Army barracks.
Before the invasion of Congress, Dino spoke on social networks and said that opponents will have to wait until 2026, when the next presidential elections are held, just as the current government waited between 2018 and 2022.
In a statement, Dino said that the Ministry of Justice called an emergency meeting with security agencies to deal with the demonstrations.