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Brazilian police stop riots in capital

Mass riots began in many Brazilian cities on January 8.

Mass riots began in many Brazilian cities on January 8.

A photo: REUTERS

Brazilian authorities have confirmed that they have managed to restore order in the country’s capital, Brasilia.

Mass protests dissatisfied with the results of the presidential elections just held in Brazil erupted in Brasilia and other cities yesterday. Thousands of people took to the streets, and the protests quickly escalated into pogroms.

Supporters of Bolsonaro smash the official's office.

Supporters of Bolsonaro smash the official’s office.

A photo: REUTERS

In the capital, the crowds managed to break into the buildings of parliament and the federal Supreme Court, as well as into the working residence of the head of state – the Planalto Palace, from where the police were able to force them out and take control of all government complexes.

The newly elected president, Lula da Silva, was not in the city at that moment: he was on a working trip to the state of Sao Paulo, which had to be urgently interrupted.

The protesters managed to capture a number of government buildings in the capital.

The protesters managed to capture a number of government buildings in the capital.

A photo: REUTERS

Before returning to Brasilia, Lula da Silva stated that “this will not happen again.”

Mass riots began in many Brazilian cities on January 8. They were provoked by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, who took to the streets demanding the resignation of the current head of state.

The police dispersed the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The police dispersed the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas.

A photo: REUTERS

Authorities said more than 400 people were detained. The governor of the metropolitan area, Ibaines Rocha, said that they “will pay for the crimes they have committed.”

The arrest of the rioters near the building of the President's Residence.

The arrest of the rioters near the building of the President’s Residence.

A photo: REUTERS

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