Authorities are investigating after thousands of former President Jair Bolsonaro supporters stormed Congress in Brazil.
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The protesters, who ransacked the government buildings in the capital Brasilia, appeared to be seeking military intervention to either restore far-right Bolsonaro to power or oust his newly inaugurated leftist rival, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
In scenes of chaos and destruction reminiscent of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, rioters donning the green and yellow of Brazil's national flag on Sunday broke through police barricades and gained entry to the monumental buildings. Once inside, they smashed windows, toppled furniture and hurled computers to the ground.
At the Supreme Court, they overturned the U-shaped table where justices convene, ripped doors off offices and vandalized an iconic statue outside the court. The buildings were largely empty at the time. Lula was on an official state trip to Sao Paulo.
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