World leaders condemned what they described as a “cowardly and vile” attack after thousands of supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the country’s Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace.
On an extraordinary day of political violence, rioters on Sunday ransacked Brazil’s three branches of power as part of a failed attempt to overthrow President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s week-old government.
Observers of the attack swiftly drew comparisons between the chaos in Brasilia and the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump two years ago.
Brazil’s security forces have regained control of the country’s political institutions and Brasilia governor Ibaneis Rocha said more than 400 people had been arrested as of Sunday evening. Rocha — an ally of Bolsonaro — was later suspended from his post for security failings.
Lula sealed a remarkable return to Brazil’s presidency late last year, securing 50.9% of the runoff vote to defeat far-right incumbent Bolsonaro.