BRASILIA – About 50 demonstrators on Wednesday invaded the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies causing chaos and forcing lawmakers to suspend the congressional session.
The protesters, who had been demonstrating against social budget cuts outside the chamber, managed to get through the door and into the lower house itself after deceiving security agents tasked with restricting access.
Several of the protesters shouted slogans against the government of Michel Temer and against corruption, calling for a military coup and demanding that “a general” be put in charge of the nation.
Amid the confusion, the vice president of the chamber, Waldir Maranhão suspended the session and called for police intervention to bring the situation under control.
Outside the chamber, the demonstrators had been participating in a protest against spending cutbacks that local media reported was called on the social networks and attracted about 800 people.