According to the official letter sent to the Ministry of Justice, a group of about 200 trucks left the city of Sorriso on Friday and headed towards Cuiabá.
The Attorney General’s Office asked the Government to adopt measures to prevent the protests by Bolsonaro truckers dissatisfied with the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Sunday’s presidential elections in Brazil from generating chaos in the state of Mato Grosso.
Despite the fact that practically all the roadblocks promoted by the truckers who support President Jair Bolsonaro in protest against the election of the progressive leader were lifted, the Attorney General’s Office warned that at least 200 truckers are heading to Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso, with the intention to blockade that city.
The truckers intend to gather in front of the facilities of the Army’s 13th Motorized Infantry Brigade in Cuiabá, where a demonstration by Bolsonarists has been calling since last Wednesday for a “military intervention” to prevent the return of the “communist” Lula to power and that the far-right leader can continue in office despite the frustrated attempt to be re-elected.
The threat from the group of truckers, as well as the three partial roadblocks maintained by some protesters in that state, led the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, to request preventive measures from the Ministry of Justice, sources from the Attorney General’s Office told EFE. .
According to the official letter sent to the Ministry of Justice, a group of about 200 trucks left the city of Sorriso on Friday and headed towards Cuiabá along one of the main highways in the region in a convoy that moves at 60 kilometers per hour. and the road is completely blocked.
“The truckers threaten to blockade Cuiabá, which is the only city that supplies all of Mato Grosso, one of the largest granaries in Brazil and whose production of soybeans and meat is exported to dozens of countries,” said the spokesman consulted by EFE.
According to the latest balance of the Federal Highway Police, the authorities lifted 999 blockades installed by protesters on different roads throughout Brazil since last Monday and on Saturday afternoon only four partial interceptions were recorded throughout the country.
Of the four demonstrations that continue, three partially affect traffic on federal highway BR163 in Lucas do Río Verde, Sinop and Comodoro, three cities precisely in Mato Grosso, a state in central-western Brazil bordering Bolivia.
“In addition to these blockades, a group of protesters occupied a bridge in Guarantá do Norte, also in Mato Grosso, and damaged the supply of several municipalities,” said the same source.
Given this situation, the Attorney General’s Office asked the Ministry of Justice to reinforce the number of Federal Highway Police in Mato Grosso, a state in which the agency only has 54 agents and 4 patrol cars.
The demonstrations and roadblocks began on Sunday, shortly after the electoral authorities declared Lula the winner of the presidential elections, with 50.9% of the votes compared to 49.1% obtained by Bolsonaro.
The protests only began to be repressed by the Federal Highway Police after the Supreme Court deemed them illegal and undemocratic.
Other protesters voluntarily lifted the blockades after Bolsonaro himself, after a silence of almost two days in which he left the country in suspense for not having recognized the electoral result, asked in a video on Wednesday that the right to mobilize of the people.
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