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Security forces detain 1,500 after Brasília riots

  1. Security forces have detained 1,500 people after supporters of far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in Brasília
  2. Thousands of demonstrators ransacked the Congress building as well as the presidential palace, and Supreme Court on Sunday
  3. Brazilian authorities have begun to dismantle protest camps outside the army’s headquarters in the capital and at other sites
  4. Bolsonaro lost the presidential election to left-wing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in October after sowing unsubstantiated claims about voting systems
  5. Many of his supporters have refused to accept the result and some have been camping outside army buildings around the country calling for a military intervention
  6. Bolsonaro has denied encouraging Sunday’s attack, saying what happened had gone beyond democratic protest
  7. His wife says he is under observation in hospital in Florida for abdominal pain stemming from when he was stabbed in 2018
  8. World leaders including US President Joe Biden have condemned the riots as an attack on democracy

Source : BBC