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Clashes between Bolsonaro supporters and police in the Brazilian capital

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Since Bolsonaro lost re-election to da Silva on October 30, many of his supporters have rallied outside military barracks across the country, refusing to concede defeat and calling on the armed forces to intervene. Earlier Monday, the country’s electoral authority awarded da Silva and his vice president an official certification, sealing their victory.

Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly claimed the country’s electronic voting system is prone to fraud and has not conceded defeat, told his supporters on Friday that his political future was in their hands.

“The depredation and attempted invasion of the federal police building in Brasilia is unacceptable,” said Flavio Dino, future justice and public security minister in the next administration of President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Senate Opposition Leader Randolfe Rodrigues said some protesters, whom he called “terrorists”, had concentrated around the hotel where da Silva is staying.

Full-dressed police were dispatched to federal police headquarters as reinforcements, as officers had to use stun grenades and rubber bullets, local media reported. The police also blocked several avenues and streets in Brasilia.

Elsewhere, protesters torched at least one bus and were seen assembling metal barriers.

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