Events that unfolded in brazil on sunday involved supporters of former leader jair bolsonaro storming the country’s congress, supreme court and presidential palace. after hours of clashes, police regained control of the buildings in the capital brasilia, with justice minister flavio dino announcing that some 200 people had already been arrested. the protests occurred just a week after the inauguration of luiz inácio lula da silva, with bolsonaro having refused to accept his loss in october’s election and left the country instead of taking part in the inaugural ceremonies.
the incident occurred on sunday evening in the capital city of brasilia. brazilian president luiz inácio lula da silva responded by declaring emergency powers before dispatching the national guard into the capital and ordering the closure of the centre of the capital for 24 hours. videos showed protesters smashing windows and reaching the senate chamber, and one video showed a protester pulling a policeman from his horse and attacking him outside the building. dozens of protesters were detained by police outside the presidential palace in peru, as seen in footage broadcast by national media.
the protesters stormed the buildings in an attempt to impose their will by force. their hands were bound behind their backs and they were led away from the building. many have drawn comparisons with the us capitol storming by supporters of donald trump, an ally of mr bolsonaro. one protester, lima, a 27-year-old production engineer, stated that they needed to “re-establish order after this fraudulent election” and were present “for history, for my daughters.” daniel lacerda, a 21-year-old who had voted for president bolsonaro, expressed his outrage at the violence, saying, “if you don’t agree with the president you should just say it and move on, you shouldn’t go hold protests and commit all the violence like they’re doing.”