Clashes between police forces and supporters of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro happened on Monday after the supporters attempted an invasion of the police headquarters in the capital city of Brasilia, as Bolsonaro’s supporters continue their calls for the military to intervene against his defeat.

The chaotic attempted invasion and clash between the police and Bolsonaro’s supporters, many of whom were wearing the yellow and green jerseys now associated with the movement, reportedly started after a Supreme Court judge ordered the arrest of José Acácio Serere Xavante for allegedly participating in anti-democratic protests, according to the Associated Press.

“The depredation and attempted invasion of the Federal Police building in Brasilia is unacceptable,” future Justice and Public Security Minister Flavio Dino.

Many of them had started throwing stones and sticks and rubble at the police as the Brazilian forces attempted to quell the anger emanating from the protesters. Many of the protestors have attempted to convince the Armed Forces to reverse the electoral results and install Bolsonaro as President.

Police officers blocked several avenues and streets in Brasilia and used stun grenades and rubber bullets to calm the protests happening in the area, with police officers coming to the headquarters as backup to keep the peace.

This angry sentiment from the protesters has been further exacerbated by the federal electoral court certifying the victory of Bolsonaro’s opponent in the recent elections, leftist and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, sealing their victory for the record books, Reuters reported.

Some of the protesters are reportedly camping outside of the hotel where Lula is currently staying, though no altercations between the protesters and the government there appear to have been reported as of writing this.

Bolsonaro has refused to concede the elections, and despite not blocking the handover of the government to his opponent affectionately known as Lula, he has also goaded his supporters on by telling them that his political future was in their hands. “Who decides where I go are you. Who decides which way the armed forces go are you,” he said to his supporters during a press conference on Friday.

He has also alleged that the electronic voting system that the country uses and has used for multiple election cycles was prone to fraud, though his claims has been shut down by the courts due to lack of evidence.

Protests against President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro protest against Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia. Photo by: Reuters/Adriano Machado

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