Brasilia, (EFE).- The security forces regained control this Sunday of the headquarters of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court of Brazilafter being invaded and vandalized by hundreds of radical followers of former president Jair Bolsonaro, in Brasilia.
Riot agents charged the coup protesters with tear gas and established a perimeter around the Plaza de los Tres Poderes, where the buildings that house the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are located.
According to preliminary information from the Police, cited by local media, so far there are 150 detainees.
Thousands of far-right supporters, sympathizers of Bolsonaro, caused chaos in the Brazilian capital by violently entering and partially destroying the Supreme Court, Parliament and the Planalto Palace, seat of government.
The events, unanimously condemned by the international community, occurred exactly one week after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva assumed the Presidency of Brazil.
It was around four and a half hours during which the Bolsonaro protesters roamed freely through these facilities, causing damage inside, while dozens of others surrounded the buildings, some of them equipped with sticks.
Faced with the serious disturbances, Lula, who was traveling in the interior of Sao Paulo to learn about the damage caused by the heavy rains of recent days, decreed federal intervention in the security area of the Federal District of Brasilia.
The measure, which will be in force until January 31, implies that the security forces of Brasilia will be under direct control of the federal government.
The progressive leader also promised in a statement to find and punish the “fascist vandals” who “destroyed everything in their path” in Brasilia and to identify the possible “financiers” of these undemocratic acts.
Shortly before Lula’s announcement, the Secretary of Security of Brasilia, Anderson Torres, who was Minister of Justice in the Bolsonaro government, was removed from his post.
Lula’s government, through the State Attorney General’s Office, also requested the Supreme Court to arrest Torres.
The episode experienced today in Brasilia recalled the invasion of the United States Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021 by supporters of former President Donald Trump, who has a friendly relationship with Bolsonaro.
The former Brazilian president is currently in the United States, where he traveled two days before Lula’s inauguration without a return ticket.
For the moment, it has not ruled on the serious incidents that occurred this Sunday in Brasilia.