After election loss, masses of Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court

In scenes resembling the events of January 6, 2021, in the US Capitol, masses of Brazilian supporters of defeated far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro are seen breaking into the country’s Congress building, presidential palace and Supreme Court.

In social media videos, many demonstrators are seen breaching the buildings, climbing on top of the Congress roof and breaking the glass in its windows, also vandalizing objects inside.

The dramatic scenes unfold following days of protests against the allegedly flawed election result, which returned left-winger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to power.

Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting against Lula’s electoral win since October 30, blocking roads, setting vehicles on fire and gathering outside military buildings, asking armed forces to intervene.

AP contributed to this report.

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