Lula promises to punish far-right rioters who stormed Brazil's federal buildings

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Brazilian authorities were investigating Monday after thousands of far-right supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country’s Presidential Palace, Supreme Court, and Senate and Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia on Sunday. Read FRANCE 24's liveblog to review the events as they unfolded.

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  • Far-right Bolsonaro supporters on Sunday managed to gain access to the federal buildings in Brasilia. Many have refused to accept President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's election victory and have been calling for a military intervention.

  • The area around the parliament building in Brasilia had been cordoned off by authorities, but Bolsonaro supporters broke through the police line, marched up ramps and gathered on a roof of the building. Video footage showed members of the crowd roaming inside.

  • Lula, who was inaugurated on January 1, announced a federal security operation in Brasilia. He was speaking while on a visit to the city of Araraquara, which has been hit by deadly storms.

  • Bolsonaro is in the United States, where he went a few days before the inauguration ceremony.

  • Authorities later said security forces had managed to retake control of the Supreme Court.

  • Brazil's Supreme Court late on Sunday removed the governor of Brasilia from office for 90 days due to flaws in security in the capital.

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