Smashing dozens of valuables at Brazil’s Museum of Congress took Bolsonaro supporters just minutes, but restoring them will take weeks, if not months. The restorers work to try to restore these relics to their former splendor
The assailants did not limit themselves to looting government buildingsthey also damaged paintings, sculptures and even chairs like the one Felix Randall works on, a teacher at the Museum: “It arrived in a very deteriorated state,” he explains. “Now it looks much better, but it is still very damaged. It has the legs and the broken armrests: the two armrests, the two legs and the side of the backrest”.
The restoration works are just one of the consequences of the assault on Brazil’s democratic institutions by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro on January 8. Oblivious to the noise outside, these workers restore the symbols of democracy in Brazil.
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