Brazil’s President was convicted after an investigation into a bribery scandal which was dubbed ‘Operation Car Wash’.
However, Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin said that the court convicted Lula without the necessary jurisdiction.
Now, 400 far-right Bolsonaro supporters have reportedly been arrested after storming Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidential Palace.
At around 15:30 pm local time, it was reported by Brazilian media that the buildings were invaded, but at around 6:30 pm local time, security forces were able to retake the three buildings.
The governor of Brasília, Ibaneis Rocha, said that by 9pm 400 people had been arrested and added: “We continue working to identify all the others who participated in these terrorist acts this afternoon in the Federal District. We continue to work to restore order.
Lula has subsequently announced a federal security intervention in the capital lasting until the end of the month.
Brazil’s President blamed poor security and said that authorities enabled “fascists” and “fanatics” to wreak havoc.
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“Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support, and the will of the Brazilian people must not be undermined.
“I look forward to continuing working with @lulaoficial.”
Meanwhile, US Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “The violent attack on democracy in Brazil is eerily reminiscent of the insurrection on January 6th.
“The people of Brazil voted in a free and fair election and deserve a peaceful transfer of power.
“I condemn this violence and stand in solidarity in defense of democracy.”
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