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HomeBreaking NewsLula orders federal intervention after Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s government offices

Lula orders federal intervention after Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s government offices

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São Paulo, Brazil — Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has ordered the intervention of federal security forces on Sunday after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the government compound in Brasília which houses the Supreme Court, Congress and the official office of the president. 

Under Brazilian law, security is the responsibility of individual states. However, with accusations that the Federal District police failed to prevent the invasion of public buildings, Lula ordered a federal intervention in security, which will allow federal security forces into Brasília until January 31.

Rodrigo Garcia Capelli, the executive secretary from the Ministry of Justice, will be in charge of the federal government’s intervention. 

In a short speech, President Lula criticized the “barbarism” in Brasília and called Bolsonaro supporters “fascists.” 

“There was a lack of security in the Federal District. But we are going to identify and punish all those involved,” he said.

Lula also criticized former president Bolsonaro, who has been in the United States since late December and has yet to speak out about Sunday’s violent assault on the government. 

“The genocidal man has always encouraged violence and he also has to be held accountable,” said Lula.

About two hours after the beginning of the assault on government offices, the governor of the Federal District in Brasília, Ibaneis Rocha, fired security secretary Anderson Torres. 

A chief of the Federal Police, Torres also served as Minister of Justice in Bolsonaro’s government and is being investigated for his alleged inaction against protesters who had been committing acts of violence and vandalism in the country’s capital since Bolsonaro lost the elections to Lula in late October. 

Torres is currently in the United States and spoke via social media moments before his resignation

São Paulo, Brazil — Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has ordered the intervention of federal security forces on Sunday after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the government compound in Brasília which houses the Supreme Court, Congress and the official office of the president. However, with accusations that the Federal District police failed to prevent the invasion of public buildings, Lula ordered a federal intervention in security, which will allow federal security forces into Brasília until January 31. In a short speech, President Lula criticized the “barbarism” in Brasília and called Bolsonaro supporters “fascists.”

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