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Extreme Right-Wing Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Brazilian Capital

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“Brasília has its Capitol day.”

In scenes reminiscent of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump, crowds of supporters who appear to back former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stormed that country’s major government buildings, including the presidential offices, legislative building, and supreme court, on Sunday. While the situation continues to develop, images and videos posted on Twitter by people at the scene showed large swarms of attackers, mostly clad in the bright yellow associated with Bolsonaro surging into the buildings.

In responding to the crisis, Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco said,  “I vehemently repudiate these anti-democratic acts, which must urgently face the force of law.”

Other Tweets, apparently posted from inside the buildings, show rioters wearing Brazilian flags and Bolsonaro’s trademark yellow, ransacking smoke-filled rooms and corridors.

Brazilian army troops appeared to be on the scene and preparing to confront the rioters.

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