Hundreds of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro have overcome the police barriers and have invaded the headquarters of the Brazilian Congress, the presidential palace, the Planalto Palace, and the headquarters of the Federal Supreme Court in Brasilia as part of a demonstration against the new Brazilian president. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The participants in the protest have overcome the police barriers and tore up barbed wire fences despite the fact that the Police have used pepper spray and other anti-riot means. The protesters have the stated objective of overthrowing Lula and his vice president, Geraldo Alckmin.
The demonstrators had gathered this Sunday in front of the Army Headquarters, in the administrative center of Brasilia, and have marched to the Esplanade of the Ministries, where dozens of participants have climbed up to the Congress headquarters building.
Later they went to the presidential headquarters and the Supreme Court, where they invaded the plenary court. The arrival of members of the Military Police has been applauded by the demonstrators.
CAMPING FOR THE COUP
Bolsonaro supporters have camped in front of different barracks of the Brazilian Armed Forces to demand a coup to “save Brazil” and depose Lula, winner of the October 2022 elections.
The security forces have not dissolved these concentrations either in front of the Army Headquarters in Brasilia, the starting point of the demonstration that has ended with the seizure of Congress. The camps began after confirming the electoral defeat of Jair Bolsonaro against Lula.
Following these incidents, Fávio Dino, the Minister of Justice and Public Security in the new government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has warned that “absurd” attempts to impose a coup attempt by force “will not be imposed” in response to the takeover by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro of the headquarters of Congress in Brasilia.
“This absurd attempt to impose their will by force will not be imposed. The Government of the Federal District affirms that there will be reinforcements and the forces at our disposal are working. I am at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice,” Dino said, according to the report. newspaper ‘Folha de Sao Paulo’.
The president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, has also criticized the actions of the protesters and has warned that “they must urgently suffer the rigor of the law.”
“I recently spoke by phone with the governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, with whom I maintain permanent contact. The governor has informed me that he is concentrating the efforts of the entire police apparatus to control the situation,” Pacheco has published in social media.
“The security forces of the Federal District and the Legislative Police of Congress are participating in this action. I vehemently condemn those undemocratic acts that must urgently suffer the rigor of the law,” he added.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the government block in Congress, Randolfe Rodrigues, has advocated for the union of the Democrats in the face of this “terrorist” attack. “Criminal anti-democrats cannot run free. Bigots must not be tolerated. We expect the harsh application of the law to all those involved in these actions,” he said.