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HomeU.S.Pro-Bolsonaro protesters storm Brazilian capital over election results

Pro-Bolsonaro protesters storm Brazilian capital over election results

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Hundreds of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed three of the most emblematic official buildings in the country's capital over refusal to accept the results of the election. Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 8, 2023. The unrest began when 100 buses full of Bolsonaro supporters arrived in the capital on Sunday for a planned protest.

Hundreds of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed three of the most emblematic official buildings in the country’s capital over refusal to accept the results of the election.

The demonstrators partook in violent protests on Sunday at the Supreme Court, Congress and the presidential office, called the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia.

Right-wing supporters of the former Brazilian president were asking the new president, leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to leave — falsely claiming that he won in a “stolen election.”

Protesters, supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 8, 2023.

Eraldo Peres/AP

The unrest began when 100 buses full of Bolsonaro supporters arrived in the capital on Sunday for a planned protest.

Despite more than 4,000 protesters taking the streets of the capital, police presence was minimal.

Several hundred protestors broke police barriers and were able to enter the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate through the roof. Later, they were even able to break into the Planalto Palace.

All of these buildings were empty, as Lula was in Sao Paulo, and Congress and the Supreme Court are in recess until February.

Protesters, supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 8, 2023.

Eraldo Peres/AP

Rioters were armed with sticks and

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