Brazil Parliament Stormed By Bolsonaro Supporters
After breaking through the security cordons, the police throw tear gas. Lula, the incumbent president, is not in Brasilia but in the state of São Paulo.
A mob of supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the Congress building, the Supreme Court and the seat of government in Brasilia. The police, deployed to defend the area, fired tear gas, but were unable to prevent the advance of the crowd. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who met with ministers in an emergency meeting, decreed “federal intervention” in security in the district of Brasilia until January 31st. The security of the federal district will therefore come under the control of the government and will be removed from the responsibility of the governor. From the State of Sao Paulo, where he went to monitor the devastation caused by the floods, Lula condemned the violence of the last few hours, which is “unprecedented”. “It has never happened in the history of this country”, said Lula – who took office for a third term exactly one week ago – All vandals will be found and punished”.
The governors of Brazilian states have placed state military forces at the disposal of the president in case they are needed. In a statement, the National Forum of Governors called for an end to “this absurd movement and the adoption of strong measures against extremists and those who have allowed, through negligence or convenience, such a situation, as well as the punishment of those responsible”. .
Breaking into Various Institutional Buildings
The demonstrators forced the police cordon and managed to break into several institutional buildings. Hundreds of people entered Congress and the seat of the Supreme Court: units of the security forces quickly intervened in the Supreme Court building, taking control of the situation and blocking several responsible for the assault. The chaos in the country stems from the failure to recognize Lula’s victory in the presidential election. The assault recalls the one suffered by the American Congress after Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.
“We condemn today’s attacks on Brazil’s Presidency, Congress and Supreme Court. Using violence to attack democratic institutions is always unacceptable. We join President Lula in calling for an immediate end to these actions.” This is the reaction of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Violence has no place in a democracy. We strongly condemn the attacks on the executive, legislative and judiciary institutions in Brasilia, which are an attack on democracy. There is no justification for these acts!” he said. the American ambassador in Brasília, Douglas Koneff.
And of The European Union
My absolute condemnation of the assault on Brazil’s democratic institutions. Full support for President Lula Da Silva, democratically elected by millions of Brazilians through free and fair elections”. European Council President Charles Michel wrote on twitter. “Deeply concerned about what is happening in Brazil. Democracy must always be respected. The European Parliament is on the side of the Lula government and all legitimate and democratically elected institutions”, tweeted by the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.
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