Dramatic videos show mounted police being attacked and rioters inside Brazil’s presidential palace

Dramatic videos show mounted police being attacked and rioters inside Brazil’s presidential palace

Dramatic videos show mounted police being attacked and rioters inside Brazil’s presidential palace

Video footage captured the chaotic scenes in Brazil on Sunday as thousands of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country’s Congress, presidential palaces and Supreme Court.

In one clip, a lone mounted police officer is pulled from his horse while being beaten by rioters armed with long wooden clubs, waving Brazilian flags and wearing the country’s famous yellow soccer stripe.

The crowd continues to beat the police officer as he collapses in his chair and falls to the ground in the 18-second clip posted by the Political Axis news site

The officer is quickly surrounded by the chanting rioters as he lies face down on the ground and it is unclear if he makes it out to safety.

In another video published by the metropolis news site, pro-Bolsonaro protesters are seen wandering smoke-filled rooms inside the Planalto Palace in the capital Brasilia, in scenes reminiscent of the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

A man draped in a Brazilian flag walks through looted rooms in the palace, where tables and chairs have been overturned and smoke and thick dust billowed.

Pictures posted on social media showed vandalized works of artbroken glass and hundreds of protesters on the roof of the Planalto Palace.

Thousands of protesters refusing to accept Bolsonaro’s defeat in last October’s presidential election stormed several key government buildings at 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. EST) on Sunday, a week after his inauguration. successor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Police used tear gas in a futile attempt to hold off the thousands of protesters who had gathered in Brasilia’s Three Powers Square, according to the Associated Press.

Protesters broke barricades and entered the Supreme Court, Congress and the presidential palace, which line the square.

By 5:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. EST), security forces had regained control of the Supreme Court and the presidential palace.

But hundreds of protesters remained inside the Brazilian Congress, AP reported.

Address the riots Sunday afternoonLula said that there was “no precedent in the history of our country” for what happened in Brasilia.

He said the violent scene was the “acts of vandals and fascists”, vowing to track down and punish the perpetrators.

Bolsonaro, who left Brazil for Florida last week, has yet to respond on social media.

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