Video: Brazilian minister shows the effects of the damage caused by a mob attack on his office
A Brazilian minister has shared a video showing the effects of damage to his office after pro-Jair Bolsonaro supporters besieged his office amid anti-democracy protests in the country. Sharing the video, Brazilian minister Paulo Pimenta wrote, “The headquarters of @PTnaCamara was completely destroyed by Bolsonaro terrorists. The world knows the DNA of the gang that once again attacked Brazilian democracy.
A sala da Liderança do @PTnaCamara foi totalmente destruída pelos terroristas Bolsonaristas. O mundo está conhecendo o DNA da gangue que atacabou a democracia Brasileira mais uma vez. pic.twitter.com/FRe0OWIA23
— Paulo Pimenta (@DeputadoFederal) January 9, 2023
Brazilian security forces locked down areas around Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court after pro-Bolsonaro supporters attacked government buildings in Brazil.
On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro broke through police barricades and smashed windows and doors, just as supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building. In response, the security forces used tear gas shells and water cannons to quell the protest.
Newly installed President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who defeated Jair Bolsonaro in a divisive October election, condemned the invasions as a “fascist” attack.
“These fascist fanatics have done something unprecedented in the history of this country. We will find out who these saboteurs are and they will be brought down with the full force of the law,” Lula said.
Jair Bolsonaro condemned the “looting and invasion of public buildings” in a tweet, but defended the right to “peaceful protests”.
The media reported that the police arrested 170 people following the protest.