In Brazil, most roadblocks have been lifted

The pro-Bolsonaro are gradually returning home to Brazil. The roadblocks erected by demonstrators refusing to accept the defeat of the far-right president had practically disappeared by Friday, November 4. Only a few dozen diehards continued to protest in front of the barracks.

The latest count from the Federal Roads Police (PRF) reported only 5 roadblocks in two of the country’s 27 states. None of them completely blocked the circulation of vehicles. “No federal highway is obstructed by a blockage”said the PRF on its social networks.

Since Jair Bolsonaro’s defeat to former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the presidential election on Sunday, the PRF says it has removed 975 roadblocks on roads across Brazil.

The Sao Paulo Ibovespa Stock Exchange index ended the session up 1.08%, after climbing more than 2% at the opening, reassured by this improvement in the political and social climate.

The movement began to run out of steam on Wednesday, after the broadcast of a video of the Head of State calling on his supporters to “clear the roads”. The National Confederation of Industry warned on Tuesday of the “imminent risk of shortage”in particular fuel, if the roads remained blocked.

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Jair Bolsonaro nevertheless qualified as “legitimate” the demonstrations in front of barracks and other places of military command, which gathered tens of thousands of people on Wednesday in a dozen Brazilian cities.

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These far-right protesters demanded the intervention of the army to prevent Lula from returning to power for a third term, after having ruled the country from 2003 to 2010.

Friday, a hundred irreducible were still posted in front of the headquarters of the army in Brasilia, and thirty in Sao Paulo, noted journalists from Agence France-Presse. In Rio de Janeiro, on the other hand, the demonstrators had left the square in front of the local military command.

After a campaign marred by several episodes of violence, a 12-year-old girl died on Thursday, succumbing to her injuries after being shot while celebrating Lula’s victory in the street on Sunday in Belo Horizonte.

President Bolsonaro has never explicitly acknowledged his defeat let alone congratulated Lula on his election, but he has promised to “respect the Constitution”.

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Geraldo Alckmin, vice-president elect, judged “very profitable” the first meeting on Thursday he had with members of the Bolsonaro government to prepare the transition until Lula’s enthronement on 1er January in Brasilia.

On Friday, executives of the Workers’ Party (PT) visited the premises that will be occupied by the transition team, at the Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil, in Brasilia. The names of the ministers of the future Lula government were to be announced soon.

The World with AFP

In Brazil, most roadblocks have been lifted