SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 18 September 2021, Saturday |

Bolsonaro supporters march in Brasilia, held back from Supreme Court

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Supporters gathered outside Congress in Brasilia on Tuesday to back the far-right leader in his conflict with the Supreme Court, exacerbating a dispute that has rattled Latin America’s largest democracy.

On Monday night, hundreds of demonstrators dressed in the green-and-yellow colors of the Brazilian flag breached one police cordon and trucks honking horns advanced towards Congress.

They were blocked by police barriers then, and again on Tuesday, from reaching the Supreme Court, which some demonstrators have vowed to occupy in a protest modeled on the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The court has authorized investigations of Bolsonaro allies over accusations they attacked Brazil’s democratic institutions with misinformation online. Bolsonaro has called the court-ordered probes a violation of free speech rights.