Brazil’s prosecutors have called on the Supreme Court to investigate former President Jair Yolsonaro for his possible responsibility for his supporters’ assault on the government’s headquarters in the Brasilia capital on the 8th of this month.
In a statement, prosecutors said Bolsonaro, who has been in the U.S. since late December, is to be investigated on suspicion of being one of the “moral instigators” of vandalism at national institutions in the nation’s capital, a week after left-wing President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva took office.
About a week ago, Bolsonaro supporters reportedly stormed police barriers and the National Congress building in dramatic protest against the inauguration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Social media footage shows protesters storming the nearby Planalto presidential palace and Brazil’s Supreme Court.
Authorities cordoned off the area around the Parliament building in Brasília, where hundreds of Bolsonaro’s supporters refused to acknowledge the left-wing Lula’s electoral victory and gathered on the roof of the modern building.
Photographs showed that a wave of people stormed the National Congress, many of them waving Brazilian flags, while in this building the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil conduct their legislative activities.
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