Alexandre de Moraes said that the protests and anti-democratic acts that oppose the results of Sunday’s elections “will be fought with the law” and those responsible punished.
The president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, warned yesterday Friday that the protests and anti-democratic acts that oppose the results of Sunday’s elections “will be fought with the law” and those responsible punished, while the Police try to unblock the mobilizations that have interrupted traffic in several cities for four days.
“The elections are over, the second round ended democratically. The TSE proclaimed the winner and will take office on January 1, 2023. That is democracy, that is alternation of power, that is a republican state”, De Moraes remarked during the first session of the court after the elections on Sunday, in which Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva prevailed with 50.9 percent of the votes.
“There is no need to contest a democratic result with illicit, anti-democratic, criminal movements, which will be fought and those responsible punished by law. Democracy won again in Brazil”, emphasized the also Supreme Court magistrate.
De Moraes has warned that those who “criminally” do not accept the results and carry out anti-democratic acts, “will be treated as criminals”, at a time when the mobilizations continue in which the Army is being asked to intervene and give a coup d’etat to the institutions.
On the other hand, he also wanted to highlight the speed and efficiency with which the electronic ballot boxes worked, an objective of Bolsonaro who accused them of being unreliable, pointing out that just three hours after the polls closed, the electoral authorities had already confirmed the winning nomination.
Since the victory of Lula da Silva was confirmed on Sunday, hundreds of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro began to block the access roads of the main cities throughout the country, with camps even in Sao Paulo in front of one of the Army headquarters to praying for a coup d’état.
In some places, such as the state of Santa Catalina, the use of minors as a kind of human shield during the blockades has been denounced and dozens of people have even been seen swearing to the flag under the Nazi salute.
Despite the fact that Bolsonaro himself asked his followers on Wednesday to lift the blockades, they continue amid criticism of the Federal Highway Police (PRF), which reports to the central government, which is accused of not acting as diligently as it should. .
On the other hand, the blockades of truckers in Brazil decreased on Thursday after Bolsonaro’s message, who asked the protesters on Wednesday night to respect the right of movement of people.
The Minister of Justice, Anderson Torres, published on his Twitter profile that on Thursday morning there were 158 blockades and that number “has been decreasing.” The Federal Highway Police reported, for its part, that 834 blockades, between partial and total, were controlled throughout the country since the beginning of the demonstrations last Sunday night and that the number of affected states fell from 15 to 12 .
In a video released on his social networks, Bolsonaro appealed to the “right to come and go” with the liberation of the highways and thus preserve the “legitimacy” of the movement that supports him.
However, Bolsonaro avoided criticizing other protests, such as those that occurred on Wednesday at the gates of dozens of barracks in the country and in which his supporters demanded a “military intervention” to prevent Lula’s inauguration.