High prison sentences for Bolsonaro supporters who stormed government buildings 04:08 Abroad The Supreme Court imposed prison terms of 14 to 17 years on the men. These are the first three convictions for the massive attack.

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Surveillance footage from the Presidential Palace captured the storming
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In Brazil, three supporters of former President Bolsonaro have been convicted of storming government buildings in the capital Brasilia. The Supreme Court imposed prison sentences of 14 to 17 years on the men. These are the first three convictions for the massive attack on the Brazilian parliament, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court in January this year.

The three men were convicted of crimes including attempted coup, armed criminal activity and damaging historic buildings. They were also fined the equivalent of around 6 million euros for vandalism. All defendants who are still found guilty must also contribute to that amount.

1500 arrests

Early this year, a week after left-wing President Lula took power from right-wing Bolsonaro, supporters of the former president stormed government buildings in the capital’s center of power. They toppled security barricades, climbed onto roofs, smashed windows and entered all three buildings.

In total, the police arrested 1,500 people. Most of them are now free again. The police continued to make arrests and searches months later. Among those arrested were an air force colonel and regional and local politicians from former President Bolsonaro’s party.

Election fraud

With their storming, the Bolsonaro supporters wanted to protest against the election results and force a coup. They were convinced that Lula would have achieved his victory, the narrowest in modern Brazilian history, partly thanks to election fraud. The storming brought back memories of the storming of the Capitol building in the US two years earlier.

In the court in Brasilia, the defendants stated that they were innocent. One of the lawyers said there had been no attempted coup, although his client was captured on surveillance footage wearing a printed shirt calling for a military coup. According to the lawyer, this is a “political condemnation”.

In this video, NOS op 3 explains how Brazil became so divided and what happened in the run-up to the storming:

The Brazilian storm explained
  • Dozens of people in Brazil charged for storming government buildings
  • Brazil will investigate Bolsonaro’s involvement in uprising
  • How the storming in Brasilia resembles that of the Capitol (and how it doesn’t)
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