Lula won the Battle of Brasilia, but the country remains unstable

If the government of Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, thought his inauguration on January 1 would put an end to protests by supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, whom he replaced, the events of January 8 showed that it acted out of wishful thinking. Thousands of Bolsonarians stormed the modernist buildings of Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as the presidential palace, smashing windows and damaging furniture.

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