Bolsanoro supporters break into Brazil’s congressional and presidential palace
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Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro storm the National Congress building in Brasília, Brazil on Sunday. (Eraldo Peres/AP)
Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke through security barriers set up by the armed forces on Sunday and gained access to the country’s Congress building, the Supreme Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace, Brazilian media have reported.
The footage showed huge crowds in the capital, Brasília, walking up a ramp leading to the Congress building, where they reached the Green Room, which was outside the lower house of Congress chamber, interim Senate President Veneziano Vital do Rogo told CNN Brasil.
Other media outlets showed Bolsonaro supporters entering the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace, where CNN Brasil showed the arrival of riot police and the Brazilian Armed Forces
The violations come about a week after the inauguration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose return to power comes after a 12-year hiatus after defeating Bolsonaro in an Oct. 30 runoff.
Supporters of Bolsonaro – who left Brazil ahead of the inauguration and is currently in the United States – have been camping in the capital ever since. Justice Minister Flavio Dino had authorized the armed forces on Saturday to erect the barriers and guard the congress building due to the continued presence of Bolsonaro supporters.
Neither house of Congress is currently in session. And while President Lula is currently not in the building, a team assembled for the newly elected president was working in the palace at the time the protesters entered, CNN Brasil reported. Officials at the Planalto Palace are waiting for the Air Force to evacuate them from the building, according to CNN Brasil.
Dino, who said he was at Justice Department headquarters, condemned the actions of Bolsonaro’s supporters in a statement on Twitter, saying: “This absurd attempt to enforce the will by force will not prevail.”
Federal District Security Minister Anderson Torres — and former justice minister under Bolsonaro’s government — also called the scenes “regrettable,” adding that he had ordered “immediate steps to restore order in central Brasília.”
Gleisi Hoffman, Labor Party President, called the violations “a crime announced against democracy” and “against the will of the polls.”