The tension continues in the South American giant after the ballotage that gave Lula da Silva the victory over Jair Bolsonaro, whose followers call for military intervention for the election result
Followers of President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate to request the intervention of the Armed Forces (REUTERS/Lucas Landau)
“The ballot boxes that gave Lula victory are not reliable,” says Bolsonaro supporter José Carlos Flamino, who on Friday demanded a military intervention in front of a barracks in São Paulo, where he arrived ten days ago and intends to stay “until it is necessary”.
This 53-year-old retired metalworker spent the last few nights in one of the tents lined up in front of one of the gates of the São Paulo commando asking “the army to guarantee a transparent (electoral) process.”
Followers of President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate to request the intervention of the Armed Forces in front of this and other military headquarters after the presidential run-off on October 30 , when the far-right 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 country”, clarifies Aguinaldo Coimbra, a 52-year-old market analyst, with the Brazilian flag hanging on his back.< /p>
In front of the main entrance to the barracks in São Paulo, around a hundred people chanted “SOS Armed Forces” and asked the military to “save Brazil”
Most wore the colors or were clad in the national banner, which has become a symbol of Bolsonarismo. “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,” says Lena Pasqualini, a 62-year-old jewelry vendor, as she rests at a support stand where “donated” food is offered.
Jair Bolsonaro (REUTERS/Pilar Olivares)
In Rio de Janeiro, in front of the Duque de Caxias headquarters, 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, they numbered in the thousands.
Next to the shops, they prayed and sang the national anthem, reported the AFP news agency.
“The result (of the elections) was stolen, and that is why all of Brazil is on 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 result of the elections,” he adds, alluding to electoral justice and the leftist Lula.
Fines for those who block
Brazilian Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes has established this Friday fines of 100,000 reais (about 18,000 euros) per day for vehicle owners that continue to block the country's highways in protest of the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro in the last elections.
De Moraes has taken this decision due to “the insistence of the criminal and undemocratic acts” that continue to take place in various areas of the country as they threaten democracy, the rule of law, institutions and confirmation of the results of the 2022 elections .
In turn, the Supreme Court judge has decreed that the companies and individuals that are providing logistical and financial support to those who continue to impose these blockades on Brazilian highways must also be identified, reports the newspaperO Globo.
“SOS Armed Forces” (REUTERS/Lucas Landau)
De Moraes has established that all the country's police forces are in charge of disrupting the blockades and imposing the pertinent sanctions and, in turn, all those responsible for the different local governments and security forces summoned urgently to implement these measures.
Since Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvawon the second round of the Brazilian elections on October 30, many of the country's main highways have been blocked by disgruntled supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who are even demanding military intervention to reverse the results.
< h2 class="header">Lula: “One wins, another loses”
The Armed Forces affirmed this Friday in an official statement that “the solution to possible controversies (…) it must make use of 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 foundation by Bolsonaro, who was elected with this voting system.
This possibility, however, was ruled out by numerous international observers and a report by the Armed Forces themselves released on Wednesday.
Lula on Thursday asked “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 practically disappeared from public life for For more than a week, he asked his followers to unblock the roads, but he supported the protests in other places.
This Friday the Brazilian routes were completely free, according to what he informed the AFP the Federal Highway Police (PRF).
(With information from AFP and EP)