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Bolsonaro supporters clash with police in Brazil’s capital


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RIO DE JANEIRO — Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro clashed with police on Monday, burning several vehicles and allegedly trying to infiltrate federal police headquarters in the capital Brasilia.

Images of the protesters, many wearing the yellow and green colors of the Brazilian flag that have become the symbol of Bolsonarismo, were circulated on local TV channels and social media.

The motive behind the protests remains unclear, and police did not immediately respond to the AP’s request for comment.

Since Bolsonaro lost to da Silva in re-election on October 30, his supporters have gathered around the country refused to give up and asked the armed forces to intervene. Early Monday, the nation’s electoral body presented da Silva and his vice president with an official certificate, marking their victory.

Flavio Dino, future Minister of Justice and Public Security in the upcoming administration of President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said: “It is impossible to loot and attempt to invade the Federal Police building in Brasilia. Acceptable.

Local media reported that police in full gear were rushed to the Federal Police headquarters to assist, as officers had to use stun grenades and rubber bullets. Police also cordoned off several avenues and streets across Brasilia.

Protesters elsewhere set fire to at least one bus and were seen collecting metal barricades.

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