Invasion of Brazilian Congress Caused US$ 45,000 in Damages

It is estimated that the damage caused by the members of the Movement for the Liberation of the Landless (Movimento de Libertação dos Sem Terra) (MLST), when they invaded the Brazilian Congress building will total over US$ 45,000 (102 mil reais).

A brand new car, which was to be raffled off among congressional employees, four ATMs, three computers, a statue and many security cameras were among the damaged items.

Although more than 20 people were injured in the melee, only one of them, Normando Fernandes, a security guard, remains in hospital. He had head injuries and is in observation.

A recently inaugurated pavilion at the Papuda Prison (Presí­dio da Papuda) in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia is the new residence of 500 protesters from the MLST who invaded the Congress building on Tuesday.

In the prison the MLST members have been separated according to sex and are being kept apart from other inmates.

Twelve of the MLST members, who are classified as leaders, have been isolated from the others "to make sure they do not try to start some kind of an uprising," says Athos Costa de Faria, the Distrito Federal secretary of Security.

Meanwhile, the official website of the Chamber of Deputies is showing a video tape of an MLST meeting in which the invasion of the Congress building was planned.

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