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After people who supported the former president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, broke into Congress, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said he would punish them.
Fans of the far-right leader who was thrown out broke into the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace.
On Sunday night, after hours of fighting, the government took back control of the buildings in Brasilia’s capital.
The Brasilia Civil Police says that 300 people have been arrested, and they have promised to find any other criminals.
Monday morning, heavily armed police officers gathered outside a camp of Mr. Bolsonaro’s supporters in the city. Since the election in October, dozens of camps like this one have been set up outside army bases all over the country.
The Supreme Court put the governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, on a 90-day leave in the meantime.
Justice Alexandre de Moraes said that he should have stopped making noise and not been “painfully silent” during the attack. Mr. Rocha said he was sorry about what had happened on Sunday.
Leftist leaders and groups all over Brazil are calling for pro-democracy marches.
A week after Lula was sworn in as president, hundreds of protesters wearing yellow Brazil football jerseys and carrying yellow banners beat up the police and trashed the capital of the Brazilian state.
On Sunday night, he went to the Supreme Court building to look at the damage.
The experienced left-wing leader had to declare an emergency before sending in the national guard to restore order in the capital.
He also said that the main street where government buildings are located and the heart of the capital should be closed for 24 hours.
Justice Minister Flavio Dino said that 40 buses that were taking protesters to the capital were taken. He called the invasion a “ridiculous attempt to force [the protesters’] will come”
Bolsonaro rejected the outcome of the election.
Mr. Bolsonaro has often refused to accept that he lost the election in October. Last week, he left the country instead of going to the inauguration, where he would have given the new president the famous presidential sash.
Six hours after the rioting started, the 67-year-old who believed in Florida spoke out against it and denied that he had done anything to encourage the rioters.
He also criticized the security forces, saying that they were “incompetent, bad-faith, or evil” for not being able to stop protesters from getting into Congress.
Protesters broke windows and climbed up and down chairs and benches to get into the Senate chamber.
On social media, it can be seen that protesters pulled a police officer off his horse and beat him up outside the building.
A video shown on national TV shows that hundreds of activists wearing yellow shirts are being held outside the presidential palace.
The suspects’ wrists are tied behind their backs as they are led out of the building.
Since the morning, protesters have been gathering in front of the parliament and along Esplanada Boulevard, which is a kilometre long and lined with government buildings and national symbols.
Even though the protesters tried, it seemed like security was tight in the hours before the chaos. Roads were closed for about a block around the parliament area, and pairs of armed police were at every entrance.
Cars were turned away at access points, and people entering on foot were frisked while their bags were checked.
People who support Bolsonaro set up camps in cities all over Brazil, including some near military bases. The people who support him the most want the military to step in and make stolen elections legal again.
There were no problems on the day he was sworn in because the camps in Brasilia had been taken down. So, the inauguration of Lula seemed to stop their movement.
But what happened on Sunday shows that those predictions were too soon.
Katy Watson, a BBC correspondent in South America, says that some protesters are angry that Jair Bolsonaro lost the election and want President Lula to be arrested again.
In 2017, he was found guilty of corruption and given a sentence of 18 months in prison. On the other hand, his convictions were overturned after he had been in prison for more than nine years.
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Politicians in Latin America have spoken out against the violence. Gustavo Petro, the president of Colombia, said that “fascists were planning to start a coup.” Both Colombia and Mexico promised President Lula their full support.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro, two Democrats in the US Congress, have asked for Bolsonaro to be sent back to Brazil. “The US must stop giving Bolsonaro asylum in Florida,” Ocasio-Cortez said, comparing the rallies to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6. “Fascist groups from other countries are trying to do the same thing in Brazil, almost two years after fascists attacked the US Capitol,” the article says.
The vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, spoke out against what he called an “attack on democracy and the peaceful transition in Brazil.” He also said that the United States fully supports Brazil’s democratic institutions and that the will of the Brazilian people must not be changed.
Other countries that have spoken out against the rioters include the United Kingdom, China, and Turkey.
Some countries that have spoken out against the rioters are the UK, China, and Turkey.