“The polls that gave Lula victory are not reliable,” says the Bolsonarista Jose Carlos Flaminowho demanded this Friday a military intervention against a barracks in Sao Paulowhere he arrived ten days ago and intends to stay “until necessary”.
This 53-year-old retired metal worker spent the last few nights in one of the tents lined up in front of one of the gates of the São Paulo command asking “the army to guarantee a transparent (electoral) process.”
President’s supporters Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate to ask for the intervention of the Armed forces in front of this and other military headquarters after the presidential ballotage on October 30, when the far-rightist was defeated by his rival Luis Inácio Lula da Silva by a narrow margin (50.9% to 49.1%).
The former army captain “was the victim of an injustice, but here we are fighting for the homeland,” he clarifies Christmas bonus Coimbraa 52-year-old market analyst, with the Brazilian flag hanging on his back.
In front of the main entrance to the barracks in São Paulo, around a hundred people chanted “SOS Armed Forces” and they asked the military to “save Brazil”.
Most wore the colors or were sheathed in the national flag, which has become a symbol of Bolsonarism. “No definite date to stop”, read one of the banners.
“Brazil did not choose, the people do not accept. We do not want to become Venezuela; Our freedom is priceless.” Lena Pasqualinia 62-year-old jewelry seller, while resting at a support post where food from “donations” is offered.
In Rio de Janeiroin front of Duke of Caxias headquartersthe protesters also set up a camp.
On the morning of this Friday, around a hundred people were concentrated in that place. Three days after the elections there were thousands.
Next to the tents, they prayed and sang the national anthem, the agency observed. AFP.
“The result (of the elections) was stolen, and that is why the whole of Brazil is in the streets,” complains Paulo Campelo, a 70-year-old retired military officer.
“We want the army to eliminate those scoundrels who are trying to validate a fraudulent election result,” he adds, alluding to electoral justice and the leftist Lula.
Judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil Alexandre de Moraes This Friday, it has established fines of 100,000 reais (about 18,000 euros) per day to the owners of the vehicles that continue to block the country’s roads in protest at the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro in the last elections.
De Moraes has made this decision due to “the insistence of the criminal acts Y undemocratic” that continue to occur in various areas of the country as they threaten democracy, the rule of law, institutions and the confirmation of the results of the 2022 elections.
In turn, the Supreme Court judge has decreed that companies and people who are providing logistical and financial support to those who continue to impose these blockades on Brazilian highways should also be identified, the newspaper reports. Or Globe.
De Moraes has established that all the country’s police forces be in charge of disrupting the blockades and imposing the sanctions relevant and in turn all those responsible for the different local governments and the security forces summoned urgently to implement these measures.
Since Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was imposed in the second round of the Brazilian elections on October 30, many of the country’s main roads have been blocked by disgruntled supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who are even demanding a military intervention to reverse the results.
The Armed Forces affirmed this Friday in an official statement that “the solution to possible controversies (…) must use the legal instruments of the democratic rule of law.”
The protesters denounce a “fraud” allegedly perpetrated with the electronic ballot box system, installed in Brazil since 1996, and questioned without grounds by Bolsonaro, who was elected with this voting system.
That possibility, however, was ruled out by numerous international observers and a report by the Armed Forces themselves released on Wednesday.
Lula asked on Thursday “the minority that is in the streets” to return home. “Democracy is that, one wins, another loses,” said the president-elect.
Bolsonaro, who has not openly acknowledged his defeat and has been virtually absent from public life for more than a week, called on his supporters to unblock the roads but supported protests elsewhere.
This Friday the Brazilian routes were completely freed, as reported to the AFP the Federal Highway Police (PRF).
(With information from AFP and EP)