Hundreds of supporters of Brazil’s far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed into Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court on Sunday, as they refused to acknowledge Lula da Silva’s Presidency election victory last October.
Dressed in the colors of the flag, protesters flooded the government building of Brasilia, broke the police barricades, destroyed the Supreme Court house, and climbed up to the Planalto presidential palace.
Some of them called for a military intervention to either return the far-right Bolsonaro to office or remove Lula from the presidency.
President Lula, who was in the flood-ravaged southeast city of Araraquara, blamed Bolsonaro for the uprisings and signed a new decree giving the federal government control of security in the federal area.
The 77-year-old veteran leftist who defeated Bolsonaro in Brazil’s October elections stated, “These fascist fanatics have done something never before seen in this country’s history.”
He continued, “We will find out who these vandals are, and we will bring down the full force of the law.”
There were no reports of deaths or injuries as a result of the rampage.