Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered on Wednesday that local authorities must prevent road blockades after new protests were called by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro.

Moraes also ordered authorities to prevent the invasion of public buildings, according to a decision seen by Reuters, following attacks on Brazil’s Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court by Bolsonaro supporters earlier this week.

The Brazilian government boosted security around its buildings in the capital Wednesday ahead of another planned protest by followers of ex-president Jair Bolsonaro who stormed the presidency, Congress and Supreme Court over the weekend.

Main roads leading to the so-called Esplanade of Ministries that houses multiple government buildings in Brasilia will be blocked to traffic and pedestrians, deputy justice minister Ricardo Cappelli said.

“All the public security forces are mobilized,” Cappelli told reporters in the capital.

“There is no scenario under which the unacceptable events that occurred on the 8th (of January) will be repeated,” he added.

Cappelli was appointed by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to command the security forces of Brasilia after Sunday’s riot, which included clashes with police and extensive damage to government buildings.

The full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Hundreds were arrested in the aftermath and Brasilia has been calm since the security forces on Monday rounded up groups of Bolsonaro supporters camped out in the capital for weeks calling for the military to oust Lula.

– Additional reporting by AFP


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