3,000 Bolsonaro supporters break into Brazil’s presidential palace, Supreme Court in attempt to take over

Bolsonaro supporters break into Brazil's government buildings. [Photo: Twitter/RobJamesMcKenna.]

On Sunday, at least 3000 supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro swarmed the country’s Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court in an attempt to take over the government.

After the capital security personnel were outnumbered by the invaders, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who narrowly beat Bolsonaro in the election last year, gave the order for the federal military intervention in Brasilia to run until January 31.

Supporters who were subsequently captured by police at the scene were dispersed using tear gas.

In the capital, tens of thousands of demonstrators dressed in yellow and green were spotted causing mayhem. The legal dangers that Bolsonaro currently faces might be increased by the bloodshed in Brasilia.

President Lula, in a press conference, launched a blistering attack on Bolsonaro and complained about a lack of security in the capital.

“These vandals, who we could call fanatical Nazis, fanatical Stalinists … fanatical fascists, did what has never been done in the history of this country,” said Lula, who was on an official trip to Sao Paulo state.

“All these people who did this will be found and they will be punished,” Lula was quoted as saying by the news agency Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian police said that they have arrested 300 people protesting, further adding, the investigation would continue until the last member is identified.

Later, the protestors were seen coming out of the Congress in a queue after being arrested.

United States President Joe Biden condemned the attack, terming it to be an assault on democracy and sought a peaceful transfer of power in Brazil.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attacks, saying that the country’s institution must be respected.

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