In Brazil’s capital Brasilia, protesters attacked the parliament building, the Supreme Court and several other government buildings on Sunday.
The protesters were supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro, although authorities have now cleared government buildings of protesters.
Supreme Court Justice Alexander de Mares has ordered the removal of protesters outside the military headquarters in Brasilia and elsewhere across the country.
As the election is being held in October, the protestors are staying in camps at various places and protesting.
Police arrived to evacuate the protesters from the camp outside the army headquarters.
Some protesters are still in tents, but some have started packing their belongings.
Security forces have retaken the area around the Parliament and Supreme Court in Brasilia, arresting hundreds of people.
A state of emergency has been declared in the capital and city security has been tightened after the governor, an ally of former President Bolsonaro, was suspended over security lapses.
Opponents loyal to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have called for military intervention to nullify recent elections and save Brazil.
What happened on Sunday?
Similar images were seen in Brazil’s capital Brasilia on Sunday, as supporters of Donald Trump took to the US Capitol Hill two years ago.
On Saturday and Sunday, about 4,000 of Bolsonaro’s supporters arrived in Brasilia by bus to join protesters living outside the military camp.
Videos circulating on social media showed protesters damaging office windows and doors, throwing furniture, computers and printers to the floor.
Rioters caused significant damage to art and historical objects in government buildings, including a painting by Emiliano di Cavalcanti.
According to news agency AP, protesters also broke a statue outside the Supreme Court.
After the demonstrations in the capital, President Lula de Silva visited the scene and promised to punish those responsible.
What are Bolsonaro’s supporters saying?
In fact, Lula de Silva defeated Jair Bolsonaro in the October 2022 presidential election. Lula won 50.9 percent of the vote, while Bolsonaro won 49.1 percent.
Since the results were announced, Bolsonaro’s supporters have been unwilling to accept their electoral defeat.
About 150,000 Brazilians live in London. Ricardo, a 67-year-old native of Brazil, blamed President Lula’s supporters for Sunday’s violence in Brasilia, despite Bolsonaro’s supporters.
He said, “Bolsonaro is very rude, but he is honest. Brazil is moving forward and Lula is a thief.”
On January 1, Lula was sworn in as president. He blamed Bolsonaro for the riots in the capital.
Bolsonaro, on the other hand, said of Sunday’s demonstrations that the demonstrations had gone out of the way of democratic protests. He denied that he had anything to do with it.
US President Joe Biden has continued to demand that Bolsonaro be extradited from the US.
Bolsonaro, 67, traveled to Florida in the United States last week to avoid attending President Lula’s inauguration, as is customary in Brazil.
Attack on journalists
At least 12 journalists were attacked and robbed by protesters while covering events in Brasilia on Sunday, according to the Journalists’ Association.
The union reported that some journalists were assaulted and some were threatened with weapons. While covering the protest, the belongings of five journalists were damaged.
Journalists under attack included journalists from the Reuters news agency, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo and the Washington Post.
Pedro Lateira, a photojournalist from Folha de Sao Paulo, shared pictures of the damage on his camera. He said he was fine after the attack.
According to a report by the BBC’s Brazil service, 1,200 people have been detained since Sunday’s riots in the capital. Earlier, the Ministry of Justice talked about arresting 300 people.
What is the atmosphere like in Brasilia?
The BBC’s Francis Mao is in Brasilia. Here people started the day with normal life, he said.
Monday morning saw people going to their jobs. The metro has reopened in the capital, and the streets are buzzing with traffic.
Francis Mao, during the morning walk, some people were drinking coffee in the cafe, went to the gym and the supermarket to buy things, and the city was very quiet.
There were no signs of violent protests in the city on Sunday.
Lula’s first cabinet meeting
President Lula holds his first cabinet meeting since Sunday’s protests inside the presidential palace in Brasilia.
Communications Minister Paulo Pimenta told reporters that “President Lula’s room has extra security, so the protesters couldn’t get in.”
He said that the Rashtrapati Bhavan was being searched for explosives and any harmful materials.
Apart from this, DNA samples are also being taken to identify the rioters.
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