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The painful process of restoring Brazilian heritage objects after riot by Bolsonaro supporters

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A fortnight after right-wing radicals ransacked authorities buildings in Brazil’s capital metropolis, artisans and specialists try to restore dozens of antiques and artworks.

Senate museum grasp craftsman Randall Felix, 63, was engaged on restoring an early nineteenth Century chair, its armrest torn off by Bolsonaristas, when he spoke to AFP.

“The shock is nice. That is a part of our life, so if you see {that a} piece has been handled like this it is extremely troublesome,” he mentioned.

The chair on Felix’s workbench, which belonged to the previous Senate headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, is only one of dozens of items broken within the invasion of the Congress in Brasilia by 1000’s of supporters of the far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro.

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After breaking into the constructing on 8 January, they entered and vandalised the presidential headquarters and the Supreme Court docket, additionally adorned with priceless artworks, searching for the downfall of the brand new authorities of leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Since that day, staff usually occupied with preservation duties have been making an attempt to rescue the works from the gathering, a few of which have been lowered to elements to be put collectively like jigsaw puzzles.

Within the laboratory of the Chamber of Deputies museum, there are a number of containers with fragments of vessels and different objects solely identifiable by outdated photographs.

Most of them have been discovered within the emblematic Inexperienced Room, the place legislators often discuss to the press, and a few 46 items from totally different nations have been on show. Some items of those have been scattered amongst glass and beneath water that flooded the room after a hearth broke out.

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Workers grabbed torches and did their finest to salvage treasures from the rubble.

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The top of the Chamber of Deputies Museum is Gilcy Rodrigues. He’s 58 and has labored there for 30 years.

He mentioned: “This isn’t our job. That is our house. That is what we do, taking care of the heritage of the establishment, so we really feel a way of loss, of anguish.”

However the painful work is already exhibiting outcomes.

Within the decrease chamber, 60% of the broken objects have already been restored.

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