Authorities probe who was behind uprising in Brazil capital

Jan 8, 2023, 7:01 AM | Updated: Jan 9, 2023, 2:59 pm
A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national fla...

A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro break camp outside a military base in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital city of Brasilia. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leave their encampment outside army headquarters as military police stand watch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro break camp outside a military base in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital city of Brasilia. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leave their encampment outside army headquarters as military police stand watch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro break camp outside a military base in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital city of Brasilia. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
            
              Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leave their encampment outside army headquarters as military police stand watch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Soldiers and police stand watch as supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro depart their encampment outside army headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the day after Bolsonaro supporters stormed government buildings in the capital. (AP Photo/Gustavo Moreno)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown from the ramp of Planalto Palace lay in the reflection pool where a worker collects them, the day after the office of the president was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, top, center left, meets with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, top center right, Supreme Court President Rosa Weber, top, third from left, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, second left, and other justices at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the morning after ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Workers measure the windows at Planalto Palace the day after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The protesters also stormed Congress and the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A protesters, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, waves a Brazilian national flag from a window after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, take selfies as they storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Furniture that was thrown out of Planalto Palace by protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, lay on the ground after the protesters stormed the official workplace of the president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              A Police helicopter flies over the Planalto Palace after it was stormed and vandalized by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva inspects the damage at Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Protesters who refuse to accept Bolsonaro´s election defeat stormed Congress, the Supreme Court and presidential palace in the capital, a week after the inauguration of his rival, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, clash with police during a protest outside the Planalto Palace building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, protest outside the Planalto Palace building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, rifle through papers on a desk after storming the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            
              Police stand on the other side of a window at Planalto Palace that was shattered by protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, after they stormed the official workplace of the president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, clash with the police after they stormed the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, clash with the police after they stormed the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, attack a police vehicle after they stormed the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Police in riot gear are seen through a shattered window as they form up outside Planalto Palace after protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, stormed the Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) A protester, supporter of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, stands in front of a line of police in riot gear, during the storming of the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) 
              Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
            Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, clash with police as they storm the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro, storm the Planalto Palace building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Planalto is the official workplace of the president of Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Monday that they were looking into who may have been behind the shocking uprising that sent protesters storming into the nation’s halls of power in a riot that had striking similarities to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In an unprecedented display for Latin America’s largest nation, thousands of supporters of ex-President Jair Bolsonaro swarmed into Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace on Sunday. Many of them said they wanted the Brazilian army to restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power and oust the newly inaugurated leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Also on Monday, police broke down a pro-Bolsonaro encampment outside a military building and detained some 1,200 people there, the justice ministry’s press office told The Associated Press. The federal police press office said the force already plans to indict roughly 1,000 people.

Lula and the heads of the Supreme Court, Senate and Lower House signed a letter that denounced the attack and said were taking legal measures.

Justice Minister Flávio Dino told reporters that police have begun tracking those who paid for the buses that transported protesters to the capital. Speaking Monday at a news conference, he said rioters apparently intended for their displays to create a domino effect nationwide, and that they could be charged with a range of offenses, including organized crime, staging a coup and violent abolition of the democratic rule of law.

“We think that the worst is over,” Dino said, adding that the government is now focused on punishing lawbreakers and those who enabled them. “We cannot and will not compromise in fulfilling our legal duties, because this fulfillment is essential so such events do not repeat themselves.”

Rioters wearing the green and yellow of the national flag broke windows, toppled furniture and hurled computers and printers to the ground. They punched holes in a massive Emiliano Di Cavalcanti painting at the presidential palace and destroyed other works of art. They overturned the U-shaped table where Supreme Court justices convene, ripped a door off one justice’s office and vandalized a statue outside the court. The buildings’ interiors were left in ruins.

Monday’s detainments came in addition to the 300 people who were arrested Sunday during the riot.

Police were noticeably slow to react — even after the arrival of more than 100 buses — leading many to question whether authorities had either simply ignored numerous warnings, underestimated the protesters’ strength or been somehow complicit.

Prosecutors in the capital said local security forces were negligent at the very least. A supreme court justice temporarily suspended the regional governor. Another justice blamed authorities for not swiftly cracking down on budding neofascism in Brazil.

After his Oct. 30 electoral defeat, Bolsonaro, who has gone to Florida, has been stoking belief among his hardcore supporters that the nation’s electronic voting system was prone to fraud, though he never presented any evidence. His lawmaker son Eduardo Bolsonaro held several meetings with former U.S. President Donald Trump, Trump’s longtime ally Steve Bannon and his senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller.

By early afternoon Monday, the remaining Bolsonaro supporters dissipated as word spread that he was hospitalized in Florida with abdominal pain. His condition wasn’t clear, but a photo published by Brazilian newspaper O Globo showed him smiling from a hospital bed. He has been hospitalized multiple times since surviving a stabbing in 2018. A hospital spokesperson did not immediately respond to a phone call and text message.

In a joint statement issued from Mexico City, U.S. President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack “on Brazil’s democracy and on the peaceful transfer of power.”

Results from Brazil’s election — the closest in over three decades — were quickly recognized by politicians across the spectrum, including some Bolsonaro allies, as well as dozens of governments. And Bolsonaro surprised nearly everyone by promptly fading from view. He neither conceded defeat nor emphatically cried fraud, though he and his party submitted a request to nullify millions of votes that was swiftly dismissed.

Since 1996, Brazilians have used an electronic voting system that security experts consider less secure than hand-marked paper ballots because the system leaves no auditable paper trail. But Brazil’s system is closely scrutinized, and domestic authorities and international observers have never found evidence of it being exploited to commit fraud.

Still, Bolsonaro’s supporters refused to accept the results. They blocked roads and remained camped outside military buildings, urging the armed forces to intervene.

Dino, the justice minister, referred to the encampments as incubators of terrorism. Protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, but isolated threats — including a bomb found on a fuel truck headed to Brasilia’s airport — prompted security concerns.

Two days before Lula’s Jan. 1 inauguration, Bolsonaro flew to the U.S. and took up temporary residence in Orlando. Many Brazilians expressed relief that, while he declined to participate in the transition of power, his absence allowed it to occur without incident.

Or so it had been, until Sunday’s havoc.

Analysts told the AP that the upheaval could yield greater political support for Lula and his stated mission to pacify the polarized country. Many right-wing citizens and politicians were repulsed by Sunday’s scenes and eager to distance themselves from far-right radicalism. The leader of Bolsonaro’s own party called the uprising “an embarrassment.”

“This may have been the beginning of the end. The political system will want to isolate that radical movement and move away from it,” said Mario Sérgio Lima, political analyst at Medley Advisors. “I think what we will see now is the right trying to create new alternatives and new leaders, and the center distancing itself.”

In a news conference from Sao Paulo state, Lula read a freshly signed decree for the federal government to assume control of security in the federal district. He said that the so-called “fascist fanatics,” as well as those who financed their activities, must be punished. He also accused Bolsonaro of encouraging the uprising.

Bolsonaro repudiated the president’s accusation late Sunday. Writing on Twitter, he said peaceful protest is part of democracy, but vandalism and invasion of public buildings are “exceptions to the rule.”

Unlike the 2021 attack in the U.S., few officials would have been working in the top government buildings on a Sunday. And videos showed limited presence of the capital’s military police.

One video showed a group of protesters easily pushing through a police barricade, with only a few officers using pepper spray. Another showed officers standing by as protesters stormed the Congress, including one using his phone to record what was happening.

“This was a gross error by the federal district’s government,” said Thiago de Aragão, director of strategy at Brasilia-based politican consultancy Arko Advice. “Everyone knew they (the protesters) were coming to Brasilia. The expectation was that the federal district’s government was going to mount a response to protect the capital. They didn’t do any of that.”

Lula said at his news conference that there was “incompetence or bad faith” on the part of police, and he promised that some would be punished.

Federal District Gov. Ibaneis Rocha confirmed on Twitter that he had fired the capital city’s head of public security, Anderson Torres, hours before a Supreme Court justice suspended the governor from office, alleging “intentional omission.”

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Associated Press Writer Carla Bridi contributed from Salvador.

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A shopper checks out an item in a Target store in Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. On Friday, t...
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US inflation and consumer spending cooled in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge eased further in December, and consumer spending fell — the latest evidence that the Fed’s series of interest rate hikes are slowing the economy. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department showed that prices rose 5% last month from a year earlier, down from a 5.5% year-over-year […]
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Bolsonaro’s nephew probed by Brazilian police over uprising

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s federal police searched the home of a nephew of former President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday in connection with the Jan. 8 storming of government buildings in the capital by far-right protesters. Police said Leonardo Rodrigues de Jesus, known by Bolsonaro supporters as Leo Índio, was one of the targets of […]
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Snow blanketed the Northern Black Hills on Dec. 15, 2022, as a winter storm dumped about 3 feet in ...
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S. Dakota tribes seek disaster declaration in storm recovery

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s congressional delegation wrote letters to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. The declaration would assist the tribes’ recovery from destruction that tribal leaders say could have been prevented if […]
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How major US stock indexes fared Friday 1/27/2023

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, marking the market’s third winning week in the last four. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% Friday, having given up much of its afternoon gain. The Nasdaq composite and the Dow also rose. American Express helped lead the way. It jumped after giving a profit forecast that topped expectations. Next […]
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Visa, L3Harris rise; Intel, Eastman Chemical fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Friday: Visa Inc., up $6.73 to $231.44. Payment processing giant Visa reported strong fiscal first-quarter earnings and announced a change in leadership. Intel Corp., down $1.93 to $28.16. The chipmaker’s earnings and revenue forecasts fell below Wall Street expectations. KLA Corp., down […]
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Federal appeals court hears case of hidden murals

Associated Press (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York is considering whether a law school in Vermont modified a pair of large murals when it concealed them behind a wall of panels against the artist’s wishes after they were considered by some in the school community to be racially offensive. Artist Sam Kerson […]
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