Brazil: 'Unblock the roads,' Bolsonaro tells supporters
Jair Bolsonaro's supporters in Estreito, Santa Catarina state
Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday asked his supporters to unblock Brazil's roads while endorsing the “legitimate demonstrations”, after a day when his supporters, massed in front of places of command, demanded an intervention of the army.
I appeal to you: unblock the roads. This does not seem to me to be part of the legitimate demonstrations, said the far-right leader, defeated by Lula in the presidential election, in a video posted on social networks, in reference to the roadblocks maintained in more than half of the States , even if they were less numerous than the day before.
Other demonstrations that are held throughout Brazil, in other places, are part of the democratic game, they are welcome, he added.
This day of mobilization was marred by a violent episode: at a roadblock near Mirassol, in the state of Sao Paulo (southeast), a motorist rammed into protesters, injuring at least seven according to CNN.
Some bolsonarists proved to be threatening towards journalists, including an AFP team, notably in Sao Paulo, where the number of demonstrators had started to drop at the end of the afternoon.
These protests took place the day after the speech by Jair Bolsonaro, ex-captain of the army and nostalgic for the military dictatorship (1964-85), beaten narrowly in the presidential election on Sunday by ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who led the country from 2003 to 2010.
He broke a heavy two-day silence on Tuesday to say he would respect the Constitution and gave the green light to the transition with his leftist successor Lula.
But he also delivered a message received as encouragement by his supporters: Peaceful protests will always be welcome.
According to him, they are the fruit of indignation and a feeling of injustice regarding the way the electoral process has been carried out, a sentence echoed on Wednesday by his deputy son, Eduardo Bolsonaro. , in an Instagram post that showed an aerial view of the protest in Rio de Janeiro.
In Sao Paulo, thousands of Bolsonarists demonstrated in front of the southeastern military command, demanding military intervention to cries of federal intervention immediately, found a journalist from AFP-TV.
Jair Bolsonaro supporters call for military intervention
A similar demonstration outside the headquarters of the x27;army in Brasilia also gathered thousands of protesters, according to an AFP photographer, some chanting civil resistance.
Same scenario in Rio de Janeiro, where thousands of demonstrators sang in front of the military command: Lula, thief, your place is in prison, according to an AFP-TV journalist.
We are asking […] for military intervention so that our country does not become communist, explained to AFP-TV Rodrigo da Mata, a 41-year-old salesman , in Sao Paulo.
We do not recognize the result of the election because we know it was fraudulent. Like everything the PT does, he adds about Lula's Workers' Party.
Nazi salutes were filmed during protests in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
According to the UOL news site, demonstrations in favor of military intervention took place on Wednesday in front of military buildings in 11 states ( out of 27) of the country.
It's no use crying, we've lost the game, Vice-President Hamilton Mourao told the daily O Globo, who often displayed his spirit of independence from the Head of State.
Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro block a highway in Itaborai, Rio de Janerio state, on Tuesday, November 1 2022.
The number of roadblocks dropped significantly on Wednesday: the Federal Highway Police (FRP) listed around 100 blockages still in effect affecting 12 states, according to a report released Wednesday evening. In total, some 776 such protests have been dispersed so far, she said.
Their numbers dropped drastically from the moment the police began to use force with the approval of the Supreme Court, which urged them to use all means necessary to unblock the roads.
We cannot use the methods of the left, […] which prevent freedom of movement, President Bolsonaro said on Tuesday.
In Sao Paulo the police had to use tear gas and water cannons to restore traffic on the Castello Branco road, the main road linking the lung economy of Brazil in the center west of the country, a mecca for agribusiness.
The dams have caused supply difficulties in Brazil, which relies almost exclusively on road transport for the transport of goods and food products.
The National Confederation of Industries warned on Tuesday of the risk of shortages and lack of fuel if the roadblocks were not quickly lifted.
The G1 information site estimated that 70% of supermarkets were already seeing supply shortages of certain products.