Police take back control of Brazil's Congress from far-right pro-Bolsonaro rioters
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Mere days after the two-year anniversary of Donald Trump supporters storming the US Capitol building on January 6, history has repeated itself as backers of the ousted Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the country’s Congress on Sunday.
Bolsonaro - the hard-right politician who oversaw record levels of deforestation in the Amazon during his time in office - lost October’s election to left-winger and former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who won with just over half of the total votes cast.
They have called on the military to help depose Lula from his elected position, and local media reported protesters posed for selfies in the congressional chamber and ransacked official buildings – descriptions which sound all too similar to what unfolded in the US in 2021.
Other haunting parallels to the violent opposition to the US Congress certifying the win of President Joe Biden include police officers appearing to stand and photograph the invasion, and another officer on horseback being attacked and beaten to the ground.
\u201cHoly shit. While Bolsonaristas lead an insurrection on Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace, police officers hang out with the golpistas and take photos of their invasion.\u201d
Declaring a “federal security intervention” in the capital until the end of January, Lula said in a press conference: “These vandals, who we could call fanatical Nazis, fanatical Stalinists … fanatical fascists, did what has never been done in the history of this country.
“All these people who did this will be found and they will be punished.”
Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has been seen eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in Orlando, Florida, to which he reportedly fled ahead of Lula’s inauguration, which he missed.
Texas representative Joaquin Castro told CNN he “should be extradited” and that he “basically used the Trump playbook to inspire domestic terrorists to try to take over the government”.
Twitter users have also compared scenes to January 6, with Progressive International general coordinator David Adler sharing footage of protesters breaching barricades and adding: “Unreal. The imagery of the unfolding insurrection in Brasilia is *identical* to that of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.”
Another account posted an image of Bolsonaristas browsing through files and commented: “It’s amazing how the storming of Congress in Brazil is identical in every way to January 6, even as far as the candid photos of hooligans rifling through private documents that will clearly be used in indictments later.”
More than 400 people have been arrested following the riot, while CNN Brazil reports police have regained control of state buildings.
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