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Lula Regains Control in Brazil After Day of Riots by Bolsonaro Supporters

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Bolsonaro Supporters Invade Brazil Congress, Presidential Palace. Credit: Twitter / Abhishek Saxena

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has vowed to punish supporters of the country’s ex-leader, Jair Bolsonaro, after they stormed Congress on Sunday.

Supporters of the ousted far-right leader also stormed the Supreme Court and surrounded the presidential palace. But police regained control of the buildings in the capital Brasilia on Sunday evening after hours of clashes.

Arriving in the city, Lula toured the Supreme Court building to see the damage for himself.

Brasilia’s Civil Police said that 300 people have been arrested.

Supporters of Bolsonaro invaded government buildings in the capital city of Brasilia over claims of a rigged election. This comes a week after left-wing veteran Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s inauguration.

Lula, a former two-term president, won 50.9 percent of the vote compared to 49.1 percent for Bolsonaro in the second election round in October.

But supporters of Bolsonaro have been demonstrating and refusing to accept that he lost the election.

Lula declares intervention to restore public order in Brazil

In a public address broadcast by CNN Brazil, President Lula declared a decree for federal intervention in response to the “anti-democratic” invasion in the Federal District and added that the vandals will be found and punished.

The decree will be valid until January 31st, with the aim to “put an end to the serious impairment of public order.”

Ricardo Garcia Cappelli is appointed to the position of interventor, the decree states. He is subordinate to the President of the Republic and is not subject to district norms that contradict the necessary measures for the execution of the intervention.

Pro-Bolsonaro rioters storm seats of the three Powers

Footage broadcast by international outlets or posted on social media showed rioters breaking through barriers and entering the Congress building, the Presidential Palace, and the Supreme Court—the seats of the country’s three Powers.

Police used tear gas but failed to repel the rioters, some of which smashed windows.

Comparisons have been drawn to the Capitol in the US in 2020, when Donald Trump supporters violently took over the building.

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