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"Today is a sad day for the Brazilian nation"

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has condemned the attack by radical supporters of his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro on government buildings in the capital Brasília.

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"Today is a sad day for the Brazilian nation"

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has condemned the attack by radical supporters of his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro on government buildings in the capital Brasília. The left-wing head of state, who was in the south-eastern city of Araraquara on Sunday, spoke of an attack by "fascist vandals".

By decree, Lula ordered the federal government to take responsibility for public safety in Brasília.

The party of former head of state Jair Bolsonaro has also condemned the attack by radical supporters of the ex-president who was voted out. “Today is a sad day for the Brazilian nation. We cannot agree to the storming of the National Congress," Bolsonaro's Liberal Party (PL) leader Valdemar Costa Neto said in a video released on Sunday. “All orderly demonstrations are legitimate. But chaos has never been a principle of our nation. We strongly condemn this behavior. The law must be enforced to strengthen our democracy.”

The pictures from Brasília also caused international indignation. "The United States condemns any attempt to undermine democracy in Brazil," US President Joe Biden's National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, tweeted on Sunday. President Biden is monitoring the situation closely. "Our support for Brazil's democratic institutions is unwavering," Sullivan said. Democracy in Brazil will not be shaken by violence.

Two years ago, the United States experienced something similar: on January 6, 2021, supporters of then President Donald Trump violently stormed the seat of parliament in Washington. Congress met there to formally confirm Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. Trump had previously incited his supporters in a speech that he had been deprived of a victory by massive election fraud. Five people died as a result of the riots.

Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) spoke from Germany on Twitter. He hopes that the emergency services "will soon be able to push back the right-wing extremists and there will be no casualties".

On Sunday, angry supporters of ex-President Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and the Palácio do Planalto seat of government. TV showed them tearing down roadblocks and pushing back the few police officers. Although the officers used pepper spray and stun grenades, they were unable to stop the attackers.

Right-wing President Bolsonaro lost to left-wing politician Lula in the runoff last October and left office at the turn of the year. He never explicitly acknowledged his defeat. Even after the election, radical supporters of the ex-military had repeatedly protested against Lula's victory and called on the country's armed forces to stage a military coup.

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