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Rioters storm congress, court, presidential office in Brazil

Rioters storm Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court, surround presidential palace. President Lula has condemned the riots as ‘terrorist acts’.

Where: Brazil

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On January 8th, thousands of rioters stormed into Brazil’s Congress. Rioters also stormed the Supreme Court and surrounded the presidential palace.
In a news conference, Lula stated that former president Jair Bolsonaro had encouraged those he termed “fascist fanatics” to act. He then read a freshly signed decree for the federal government to take control of security in the district.
Lula has condemned the riots as ‘terrorist acts’ and noted that those involved will be punished.
Minister of Justice and Public Security Flávio Dino stated that “the terrorists failed in their attempt to break the law in Brazil.” He also revealed that arrests had been made, noting, “right now, approximately 1200 people are being heard, totaling something around 1500 arrests.”
“I repudiate the accusations, without evidence, attributed to me by the current head of the executive of Brazil.” tweeted Bolsonaro, who denies encouraging Sunday’s attack.

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