Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke through security barriers set up by the armed forces on Sunday and gained access to the country’s Congress building, Supreme Court and Planalto presidential palace, footage shows in the Brazilian media.
Footage showed massive crowds walking down a ramp leading to the Congress building, where they had reached the Green Room, located outside the lower house of the House of Congress, Acting Senate President Veneziano Vital said. do Rogo, to CNN Brasil.
Images from other media showed them entering the Supreme Court and the presidential palace.
Shortcomings comes about a week after the inauguration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose return to power after a 12-year hiatus comes after beating Bolsonaro in a runoff election on October 30.
Supporters of Bolsonaro – who left Brazil and is currently in the United States – have been camped out in the capital Brasilia ever since. Justice Minister Flavio Dino had authorized the armed forces to set up the barriers and guard the Congress building on Saturday due to the continued presence of pro-Bolsonaro supporters.
President Lula is currently not in the palace and neither chamber of Congress is currently in session.