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In Photos: 1,500 Bolsonaro Supporters Held for Brazil Riots, Lula Questions Army

Bolsonaristas - far-right supporters of Bolsonaro - stormed and vandalised key government buildings in Brasilia.

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The supporters of former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidential palace in Brasília on Sunday, 8 January, demanding that President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was sworn in last week, be ousted and jailed for “stealing the election.”

Latest Updates:

  • Brazilian forces on Monday dismantled a two-month-old camp opposite the army's headquarters where Bolsonaro supporters have been protesting since his election defeat, Reuters reported.

  • With the dention of 1,200 people from the camp, the total arrests related to the Sunday's riots have reached 1,500.

  • President Lula criticised Brazilian military and questioned why the army did nothing while calls for coup were made outside the barracks.

  • "People were openly calling for a coup outside the barracks, and nothing was done. No general lifted a finger to tell them they could not do that," Lula was quoted as saying by Reuters.

  • Tens of thousands of people in Brazil's Sao Paulo held pro-democracy rallies in response to the storming of Congress.

  • Bolsonaro hospitalised in US for stomach pain. His doctor said he has an intestinal blockage that was not serious and would likely not need surgery, Reuters reported. 

  • Bolsonaro is in the US on a visa heads of state, diplomats and other government officials, and his further stay in the country is in doubt. Bolsonaro arrived in the US when he was still in office.

Bolsonaristas Storm Key Govt Buildings in Brazil

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(With inputs from AP, BBC, Reuters.)

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