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Two years after the Capitol riots in the US – Brazil now faces the reality democracy can be very fragile

As we were filming in the Three Powers Plaza, Brasilia, police officers pulled up in a 4×4 next to us.

We are surrounded by the wrecked Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace buildings.

We were told by them to clear the area as the forensics teams were about begin their analysis of the damage.

Others are currently combing through damaged offices and auditoriums in state institutions.


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They said it was a large crime scene and that they needed the team for their work.

Although they don’t have much to see outside, the criminal inquiry is a sign of how important it is for authorities to conduct a thorough investigation.

Brazil is now considering the fact that democracy can be very fragile.

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Just like the protesters who took over the Capitol Building in Washington DC in the name Donald Trump two years ago, Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters believe that he is the rightful President.

All aspects of the investigation are focused on who carried out the attack and who organized it. Also, what did the police do or not do?

Witnesses to Bolsonaro’s storming of buildings claim Bolsonaro’s supporters arrived equipped and determined to get in right away.

Matheus Alves, a Brazilian photographer who covered many of the protests in Brazil, said that he saw “masked people”, people holding sticks, and others with backpacks.

“Even on their WhatsApp groups and social networks, they were talking about invading Congress and the Supreme Court. It felt like there was coordination.”

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Image: Photo: Matheus Alves

He pointed out the road in front the presidential palace and explained that the police had retreated from its main ramp to get to a set traffic lights nearby.

He said, “And that’s when they felt at ease to invade the palace.”

Critics claim the response was inconsistent and lacking in substance. President Lula has stated that his government will investigate the conduct of the police officers on the day.

Many hundreds of people were arrested on the spot and in front of military bases. They are currently being held in the Brasilia gymnasium of the country’s police training academy.

Image: Photo: Matheus Alves

Many people have posted videos to social media showing rows upon rows of people being held. It’s like a campout in the gym.

Lawyers, journalists, politicians, and families are waiting outside the building for any news.

As each case is heard, the accused are taken to prison where they await trial.

Image: Photo: Matheus Alves

Bianca Tereza Pires waits to hear about Arioldo Rodrigues Jr. As part of Sunday’s investigation, the 50-year old was taken into custody along with other suspects.

She said that she believed they were very afraid, as they have indicated they may go to prison.

Pires said that she supported her cousin’s actions despite her concerns.

Image Bianca Tereza Pires waits to hear about her cousin, who was arrested

“We are fighting for freedom and truth. We only want the truth. And we are on the side facts and truth. I support him.”

These family members, just like the protesters believe Jair Bolsonaro the rightful president. They are determined to continue protesting against the outcome.

They believe that the army will still be there to support them and take control despite everything that has happened.


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