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Bolsonaro’s Supporters Try To Invade Brazil Police Headquarters


Bolsonaro supporters try to invade Brazilian police headquarters

Military officials stood guard as Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters protested the election.

Brasilia:

Supporters of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday tried to storm the federal police headquarters in the capital Brasilia, to protest the arrest of an indigenous leader in the first major wave of violence since vote.

Television images, as well as video shared by federal police officers with Reuters, showed burned cars, a bus on fire, the sound of explosions and what appeared to be a fire. rubber bullets are fired.

Bolsonaro supporters, wearing their signature yellow national football jerseys, could be seen rushing out of the scene with sticks and throwing rubble. In another video, they can be seen trying to push a bus off a bridge in Brasilia.

The plot to invade comes after Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who is leading investigations into Bolsonaro and his allies, on Monday ordered the temporary arrest of José Aácio Serere Xavante for accused of committing anti-democratic acts.

It comes the same day when the federal electoral court (TSE) certified the October 30 election victory of Bolsonaro’s leftist opponent, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as president. After months of making baseless suggestions that the electronic voting system was potentially fraudulent, Bolsonaro has yet to concede defeat to Lula, but he has not stopped the transfer of power.

The incident recalls the invasion of the US Capitol on January 6 by supporters of former US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro’s political idol. It also raised security concerns on January 1, when Lula took office in a public ceremony in Brasilia.

Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, a key aide to Lula, said there were concerns about the physical safety of Lula and Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, as protesters surrounded the hotel where he was staying. in Brasilia. However, Lula’s team denied that Lula would be taken out of the hotel by helicopter.

Brazil’s incoming justice minister, Flavio Dino, tweeted that Lula’s security was assured.

WEEK OF PERFORMANCE

Many Bolsonaro supporters refused to accept the president’s defeat, camping outside military bases around the country, calling on the Armed Forces to overturn the results. Xavante, the indigenous leader, was one of the participants in such protests.

“I cannot accept the criminals that reign in Brazil,” Xavante tweeted last month. “Lula cannot be certified.”

On Monday, Bolsonaro met with hundreds of supporters in Brasilia and watched silently, holding small children as they prayed for him. Last week, breaking weeks of post-election silence, Bolsonaro said his plight “hurts my soul”.

“You are the ones who decide where I go. It’s you who decide the direction of the armed forces,” Bolsonaro told his supporters at the gates of the presidential palace on Friday.

In its statement, the Supreme Court said Moraes “has made a decision to temporarily arrest, for 10 days, native José Aácio Serere Xavante, due to evidence of the crime of intimidation, repression and abolition. abandon violence to the Rule of Law.”

It said Xavante led protests across Brasilia and used “his position as leader of the Xavantes to entice natives and non-natives to commit crimes”, threatening Lula and the Supreme Court justices.

The statement added that Xavante had “explicitly summoned armed persons to prevent the certification of elected politicians”.

Tensions spilled over after the arrest.

Flavio Dino, tweeted earlier on Monday that “the looting and attempted invasion of the Federal Police building in Brasilia is unacceptable. The Federal Police must obey court orders. Those who give that the victim must provide appropriate resources, never commit political violence.”

The Federal Police did not respond to a request for comment.

Brasilia’s public security office said it had secured the area around Lula’s hotel, and urged motorists to avoid the city center, where many roads have been closed.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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