Supporters Of Ex-Brazil President Bolsonaro Storm Country’s Congress

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday stormed the country's Congress, in continued refusal to accept his recent electoral defeat.
Supporters of Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro clash with police as they storms the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

At a glance

  • The protesters also stormed the country”s Supreme Court and presidential palace, just a week after the inauguration of Bolsonaro’s leftist rival, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
  • Thousands of demonstrators pushed through security barricades, climbed on the roofs, broke windows and invaded all three of the buildingsin the vast Three Powers square in Brasilia.
  • There have been calls for a military intervention to restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power.
  • The incident Sunday is being compared to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S., though it’s likely the Brazilian Congress and the Supreme Court had limited personnel inside them.

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