Supporters of Lula’s predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, stormed the National Congress, the Presidential Residence and the Federal Supreme Court and wreaked havoc for hours. His anger was vented with the electoral victory of left-wing politician Lula, who narrowly defeated right-wing extremist Bolsonaro in a second round and has been in office since the beginning of the year.
After the escalation of violence, Lula announced a thorough investigation and suggested that the protesters who invaded the presidential palace had support from within the agency. “I am convinced that the door of the Planalto Palace was opened for people to enter because no door was broken,” he said on Thursday.
On Monday, authorities beefed up security in Brasilia. The number of deputies crowded near the Planalto Palace, Congress and Federal Supreme Court increased from 248 to 500.
More than 2,000 suspects were arrested after the attack on the government district. Nearly 1,200 of them are in custody. The Public Prosecutor’s Office launched investigations against 39 suspects, among other things, of inciting a coup d’état.