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U.S. lawmakers demand Bolsonaro be extradited from Florida after supporters ... trends now

U.S. lawmakers demand Bolsonaro be extradited from Florida after supporters ... trends now

Democrats are calling for the United States to force former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro back to his country after a mob of his supporters, driven to anger by his false election fraud claims, stormed government buildings on Sunday.

Progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the U.S. government to 'stop granting refuge' to the authoritarian leader. 

Meanwhile Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told CNN that Bolsonaro 'should be sent back to Brazil.' 

Both drew comparisons to January 6, 2021, when a crowd riled up by Donald Trump and his allies broke into the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers and then-Vice President Pence were inside certifying Trump's 2020 loss.

They too had been convinced that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Just last month, a now-defunct House select committee recommended Trump be charged with insurrection among other crimes over the riot.

'Nearly 2 years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad attempt to do the same in Brazil,' Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter Sunday.

American lawmakers heaped condemnation on the violent destruction in Brasilia on Sunday

American lawmakers heaped condemnation on the violent destruction in Brasilia on Sunday

Two in particular called for former President Jair Bolsonaro to be extradited back to Brazil

Two in particular called for former President Jair Bolsonaro to be extradited back to Brazil

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded the U.S. 'cease granting refuge' to the authoritarian leader, who is currently in Florida

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded the U.S. 'cease granting refuge' to the authoritarian leader, who is currently in Florida

Bolsonaro lost to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the left-wing Workers Party. Ocasio-Cortez called on Americans to 'stand in solidarity' with Lula's 'democratically elected government.'

'The US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida,' she wrote.

Castro had accused Bolsonaro, who proudly embraced the nickname 'Trump of the Tropics,' of using the ex-president's 'playbook' in refusing to admit defeat and undermining confidence in an election that he lost.

'I stand with the democratically elected leadership in Brazil,' Castro told CNN. 'And he basically used the Trump playbook to inspire domestic terrorists to try and take over the government.' 

Castro added that it 'looks a lot like January 6 in the United States.'

'Right now, Bolsonaro is in Florida, he's actually very close to Donald Trump - he should be extradited to Brazil. In fact, it was reported that he was under investigation for corruption and fled Brazil to the United States,' the Democrat went on.

'We were talking about asylum-seekers and immigration earlier - Republicans make a big deal and try to scare people about bad people in those groups coming to the United States. Well we know where one of them is, Jair Bolsonaro is in Florida hanging out with Donald Trump. He's a dangerous man.'

Asked if he was directly calling on the Biden administration to remove the former leader, Castro emphatically pressed: 'Yes, absolutely. Bolsonaro should not be in Florida, the United States should not be a refuge for this authoritarian who inspired domestic terrorism in Brazil.' 

Former Montana state Democratic lawmaker Tom Winter posed: 'Why is our government giving safe haven to Jair Bolsonaro?' 

Insurrectionists had left a sea of destruction at the Brazilian senate after storming the government buildings in a bid to overturn the election and force the military to hand back power to the defeated Bolsonaro.

The hallowed seats of power in Brasilia are bearing the scars of the unprecedented violence that broke out yesterday, with shards of glass, blood stains, furniture, government computers and files lying strewn across Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court.

Investigators are trying to pick up the pieces and comb for evidence in the hours after thousands of right-wing rioters broke through police cordons to smash up the government buildings, destroying artwork, stealing the 1988 Constitution and seizing guns from a security office.

In the ugly scenes, police deployed tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons but were initially overwhelmed with the mayhem as protesters even beat a police officer to the ground off his horse and whacked both the cop and the animal with clubs. 

Bolsonaro, who lost the divisive October elections to the veteran leftist Lula da Silva, has rejected his successor's claims he incited the 'fascist' attack and defended the right to 'peaceful protests'.

The invaders left a trail of destruction, throwing furniture through the smashed windows of the presidential palace, flooding parts of Congress with a sprinkler system and ransacking ceremonial rooms

The invaders left a trail of destruction, throwing furniture through the smashed windows of the presidential palace, flooding parts of Congress with a sprinkler system and ransacking ceremonial rooms

A view of a damaged room at the Palacio do Planalto, the official workplace of the president of Brazil, after the violence unfolded

A view of a damaged room at the Palacio do Planalto, the official workplace of the president of Brazil, after the violence unfolded

The assault raised questions among Lula's allies about how security forces in the capital were so unprepared and easily overwhelmed by rioters

The assault raised questions among Lula's allies about how security forces in the capital were so unprepared and easily overwhelmed by rioters

Tens of thousands of anti-democratic demonstrators on Sunday invaded the Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace in the worst attack on Brazil's institutions since democracy was restored four decades ago,

Tens of thousands of anti-democratic demonstrators on Sunday invaded the Supreme Court, Congress and presidential palace in the worst attack on Brazil's institutions since democracy was restored four decades ago,

Demonstrators broke windows and furniture, destroyed artwork and stole the original 1988 Constitution. Guns were seized from a presidential security office

Demonstrators broke windows and furniture, destroyed artwork and stole the original 1988 Constitution. Guns were seized from a presidential security office

The protesters were seeking military intervention to either restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power or oust the newly inaugurated leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

The protesters were seeking military intervention to either restore the far-right Bolsonaro to power or oust the newly inaugurated leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

An opened briefcase lies on the floor of the Palacio do Planalto in the hours after police locked down the area and forced out the protesters

An opened briefcase lies on the floor of the Palacio do Planalto in the hours after police locked down the area and forced out the protesters

Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro vandalize the interior of Planalto Palace during a demonstration

Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro vandalize the interior of Planalto Palace during a demonstration

A member of the Federal Police forensics team inspects the damage caused at the Planalto palace

A member of the Federal Police forensics team inspects the damage caused at the Planalto palace

Supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the seat of power, in scenes reminiscent of the January 6, 2021, invasion of the US Capitol building by supporters of then-president Donald Trump

Supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the seat of power, in scenes reminiscent of the January 6, 2021, invasion of the US Capitol building by supporters of then-president Donald Trump

A police officer walks past shattered windows at the Supreme Court after protesters who invaded the building were subdued

A police officer walks past shattered windows at the Supreme Court after protesters who invaded the building were subdued

A Military Police officer falls from his horse during clashes with supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro

A Military Police officer falls from his horse during clashes with supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro

Thousands of supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro broke through police barricades and stormed into Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

Thousands of supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro broke through police barricades and stormed into Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

A sea of enraged rioters wearing the Brazilian football shirt and military-style camouflage descended on the Three Powers Square, invading the floor of Congress, trashing the Supreme Court building and climbing the ramp to the Planalto, hoping for the military to restore Bolsonaro or oust Lula. 

The protesters broke doors and windows to enter Congress, then streamed inside en masse, trashing lawmakers' offices and using the sloped speaker's dais on the Senate floor as a slide as they shouted insults at absent lawmakers.

Protesters damaged artworks, historic objects, furniture and decorations as they ran riot through the buildings and hurled computers and printers to the ground, much like their US counterparts almost two years to the day.

They punctured a massive Emiliano Di Cavalcanti painting in five places, overturned the U-shaped table at which Supreme Court justices convene, ripped a door off one justice's office and vandalized an iconic statue outside the court. The monumental buildings' interiors were left in states of ruin. 

Shocking footage also shows a police car tearing through the crowds at high speeds, as throngs of protesters flee screaming in terror.

Hours went by before control of the buildings on Brasilia's vast Three Powers Square was reestablished, with hundreds of the participants arrested

Hours went by before control of the buildings on Brasilia's vast Three Powers Square was reestablished, with hundreds of the participants arrested

The crowd broke through the cordons of security forces and forced their way to the roof of the buildings of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate

The crowd broke through the cordons of security forces and forced their way to the roof of the buildings of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate

Supporters of Brazil's far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded and defaced the country's Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court

Supporters of Brazil's far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded and defaced the country's Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court

A sea of enraged rioters wearing the Brazilian football shirt and military-style camouflage descended on the Three Powers Square

A sea of enraged rioters wearing the Brazilian football shirt and military-style camouflage descended on the Three Powers Square

Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate against President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

A police vehicle crashes into a fountain during the mayhem around the Brazilian seats of power

A police vehicle crashes into a fountain during the mayhem around the Brazilian seats of power

Security forces arrested more than 400 right-wing rioters who stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

Security forces arrested more than 400 right-wing rioters who stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court

Scores of protestors being led out of the National Congress building in handcuffs after being arrested by police

Scores of protestors being led out of the National Congress building in handcuffs after being arrested by police

Newly emerged footage from the violent protests at the Brazilian capital showed a police car driving through crowds of demonstrators at dangerous speeds

Newly emerged footage from the violent protests at the Brazilian capital showed a police car driving through crowds of demonstrators at dangerous speeds

Other scenes from the day's chaos included a clip of a demonstrator apparently defecating on a desk inside a government chamber, and scores of protestors being led out of the National Congress building in handcuffs after being arrested by police. 

Lula was only inaugurated a week ago and he has already been forced to declare emergency powers and deploy the national guard after 40 buses were seized to transport protesters to the seats of power in Brasilia.

Bolsonaro, who is believed to be in Florida, has repeatedly refused to accept his election defeat.

'These fascist fanatics have done something never before seen in this country's history,' said Lula, 77. 'We will find out who these vandals are, and they will be brought down with the full force of the law.'

Lula returned to Brasilia and viewed the damage at the presidential palace and the Supreme Court. He said he would work out

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