Over 1,500 Arrested After Riot at Brazil’s Congress, Security Measures Strengthened

Than 1,200 people have been formally arrested and are being charged in relation to the riot at brazil’s congress on 8 january. in total, more than 1,500 people were detained after the incident. the riot occurred in the capital city of brasilia, and has prompted a large security forces deployment in the area. anderson rodrigues, a brasilia resident, expressed his opinion on the matter.

Riot happened on 8 january and took place in brasilia, brazil’s capital city. in response to the possibility of further protests, the brazilian federal police have deployed troops from the force national near the presidential palace and congress. companies that provide logistical and financial support to those involved are liable for fines of up to 100,000 brazilian reais.

Riot occurred as a result of pro-bolsonaro groups calling for “mega” demonstrations across brazilian state capitals. the authorities have warned that some of the detainees who have been released may ultimately be arrested amid the ongoing investigation. the government is also asking that social media platforms take steps to suspend accounts that have been involved in planning criminal behaviour. the brazilian lawmakers have approved a federal “intervention” that has seen military forces deployed to carry out police and security duties in brasilia. authorities have five days to charge suspects who have been formally arrested, some of whom have been moved to other facilities.


By Evey Lovelace

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