BRASILIA – A teenager, apparently underage, was arrested on Wednesday after attempting to invade with a vehicle the Alvorada Palace, the official residence of the President of Brazil, located in Brasilia, official sources said Wednesday.
However, Michel Temer, who assumed the Brazilian presidency in August 2016 following the dismissal of Dilma Rousseff, lives in the Jaburu Palace, located about 1.5 kilometers away.
The attempt to invade the Alvorada Palace took place at 7:00 pm local time (2200 GMT) when the teenager ignored the warning of reducing the speed of the vehicle and smashed into the gates of the compound, according to a statement from the Institutional Security Cabinet.
“Warning shots were fired (by the authorities) and then against the vehicle, which stopped in the inner area of the Palace,” the statement added.
The driver, “apparently underage,” was uninjured from the incident and was subsequently taken to the Federal Police, which will carry out the further investigations.
Temer had been Rousseff’s vice-president until he replaced her on an interim basis in May 2016 and definitively on Aug. 31 of that same year, when the legislature dismissed her for alleged fiscal irregularities.
After moving into Alvorada in February, the president chose to return to the Jaburu Palace within a few days, a residence traditionally destined for the vice-presidents.
Currently, Temer only uses the Alvorada Palace for certain official events, meetings with parliamentarians and diplomatic appointments.
The incident comes amid a historic political-institutional crisis in the country, threatening to oust Temer from power.
Temer has been accused by the Prosecutor’s Office for the alleged crime of passive corruption, based on testimony given to the Justice by several executives of the group JBS.
The complaint against Temer comprises an extensive investigation against him for possible crimes of passive corruption, obstruction of justice and illicit association, although the Prosecutor’s Office has not yet decided on the last two.
Temer became the first president in the history of the country to be accused by the Prosecutor’s Office, in full exercise of power, for a criminal offense.
The scandal could widen even more, as the second general strike against economic reforms proposed by the government, including severe fiscal adjustment, is scheduled for Friday.