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Brazil: Over 650 people accused of assault on seats of power Brazil
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Brazil: Over 650 people accused of assault on seats of power

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Feb 2023, 02:21 pm

Brasilia: As many as 653 people have been accused of crimes related to the assaults on the seats of power in Brasilia on Jan. 8, Brazil's attorney general's office said Saturday.

The office said in a statement that proceedings were opened against a new group of 152 followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro.

"They were detained in a camp in front of Army headquarters in Brasilia and are being held in the penitentiary system," the Prosecutor's Office said.

Bolsonaro supporters set up the camp after the elections in October when Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president.

The group is accused of criminal association and inciting the armed forces against constitutional powers.

Among those arrested was former Minister of Justice Anderson Torres, who served as Secretary of Security of the Federal District of Brasilia at the time of the assaults on the presidential palace, the seats of Congress and the Supreme Court.

(With UNI/Xinhua inputs)