Pro-Bolsonaro Protesters Storm Congress in Brazil, Hundreds Arrested, Labeled ‘Terrorists’

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Thousands of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the National Congress and other government buildings on Sunday.

Those hideously ugly buildings were all designed by the communist Oscar Niemeyer in 1956-1960.

From BBC, “Brazil Congress: Lula vows to punish supporters of Bolsonaro after riot”:

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.

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.

[…] Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly refused to accept that he lost October’s election and last week left the country instead of taking part in inaugural ceremonies, which would have seen him hand over the iconic presidential sash.

The 67-year-old – who is believed to be in Florida – condemned the attack and denied responsibility for encouraging the rioters in a post on Twitter some six hours after violence broke out.

Here’s Bolsonaro’s statement:

As Bolsonaro noted, Lula blamed him for the attack:

The US government, which would have cheered these protesters on and shipped them weapons if they were in Venezuela, Iran, Russia or China, instead condemned the “assault on democracy” in Brazil.

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