Police use pepper spray: Bolsonaro supporters storm Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

Hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters stormed the closed-off congressional center in the Brazilian capital.

Police use pepper spray: Bolsonaro supporters storm Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

Hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters stormed the closed-off congressional center in the Brazilian capital. They are also said to have overrun the presidential palace and the Supreme Court.

Supporters of right-wing Brazilian ex-president Jair Bolsonaro have stormed the closed-off congressional center in the capital, Brasilia. They smashed the windows of the facade and entered the entrance hall, as was seen on Globo TV on Sunday. The Presidential Palace and the Supreme Court were also stormed. A photographer from the AFP news agency watched as police used tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters at the convention center.

They entered Parliament's grounds on Sunday and got onto the roof of the building, TV footage showed. The police used pepper spray. "I condemn these anti-democratic acts that urgently need to be punished with the harshness of the law," Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco wrote on Twitter.

The incident comes a week after the inauguration of new left-wing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The area around the congress had been cordoned off by the authorities. Bolsonaro's supporters, who do not accept Lula's victory in the presidential election, overcame the barriers.

Several dozen of them ran up the ramp to the building to occupy the roof of the building. The Senate and the House of Representatives are located in the Congress building. The images brought back memories of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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