On Sunday, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro descended on the Brazilian capital, breached government buildings, climbed on a rooftop, and broke windows.
Damage to an office in the presidential palace was shown on video, as well as broken windows in the country’s highest court.
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who took office on January 1, responded by authorizing federal intervention in the Federal District until the end of the month.
He referred to those who attacked Congress as “fascists,” according to translations of his tweets on Sunday.
“Whoever did this will be tracked down and punished. “Democratic freedom of expression is guaranteed, but it also requires people to respect institutions,” Lula tweeted. “What they did today has no precedent in the history of the country. They must be punished for this.”