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Brazil’s National Congress, different websites raided by pro-Bolsonaro protesters opposing Lula victory

A chaotic scene unfolded in Brazil’s capital Sunday as tons of of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidential palace calling for a army intervention to overthrow President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. 

Portuguese information company LUSA studies the protesters tried to storm Brasilia’s Planalto Palace, the official office of the Brazilian president. President Silva was reportedly not on web site. 

Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro clash with the police during a demonstration outside the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on January 8, 2023.

Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro conflict with the police throughout an indication exterior the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on January 8, 2023.
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Footage making the rounds on social media reveals throngs of protesters – many sporting the inexperienced and yellow colours of the nationwide flag – ransacking the constructing, with shattered glass and what seems to be teargas seen all through. 

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated the United States “condemns any effort to undermine democracy in Brazil.” 

“President Biden is following the scenario carefully and our assist for Brazil’s democratic establishments is unwavering,” he tweeted. “Brazil’s democracy won’t be shaken by violence.” 


The incidents, which recalled the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, come only a week after leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in on Jan. 1.

Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting towards Lula’s electoral win since Oct. 30, blocking roads, setting autos on fireplace, and gathering exterior army buildings, and asking the armed forces to intervene.

The former president, who flew to the U.S. forward of Lula’s inauguration, has not commented on Sunday’s occasions. The social media channels of his three lawmaker sons additionally had been silent.

At about 5:30 p.m. native time, lower than three hours after the storming, safety forces gave the impression to be regaining management of the presidential palace and Supreme Court’s environment, whereas 1000’s of protesters remained round Congress and on its roof.

Federal District Gov. Ibaneis Rocha confirmed on Twitter that he had fired the capital metropolis’s head of public safety, Anderson Torres.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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