Brazil Congress: Dozens indicted over January riot
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on January 17, 2023
Brazil’s attorney general has filed an indictment against 39 people for their alleged involvement in the storming of the Senate building on 8 January.
The riot saw thousands of supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro attack government buildings following his election loss last year.
The indictment says the individuals – who are not named – used violence and threats to try to abolish democracy.
Mr Bolsonaro has voiced “regret” for the unrest, but denies he caused it.
Perceived threats to democratic order are a sensitive subject in a country where military rule ended in 1985.