Protest against election results in Brazil: Supporters of Bolsonaro

Protest against election results in Brazil: Supporters of Bolsonaro

“Die for the free fatherland or Brazil!” They repeat like a prayer for several minutes. Your gaze is directed forward. But there is no altar, but the military command of the South-East in the metropolis of Brazil Sao Paulo, The verse they recite in the chorus is from the first anthem of the Brazilian monarchy after its independence from Portugal in 1822. After a good 200 years, an empire, a republic and a military dictatorship, hundreds of liberated Brazilians are now out in the streets, equipped in the latest national team shirts, mobile phones in hand to call for a coup.

Radical supporters of the ousted president have been demonstrating since the election jair bolsonaro Against the results of the October 30 run-off election, in which Bolsonaro lost to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers’ Party by nearly two percentage points. Hundreds of road blockades were initially set up after the election, which were handled by the police for several days. In many places the officers were seen colluding.

Especially in remote areas, barriers still exist today and hinder, for example, the transport of agricultural goods. Later, protesters began gathering in front of the country’s military installations. The besiegers have turned into regular camps with tents, latrines, field kitchens and medical posts. The army is watching.

Military Command of the Southeast: barracks in the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo


Military Command of the Southeast: barracks in the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo
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Mara, 41, has been in front of the military command in Sao Paulo since the first day after the election. This is where the fitness trainer, who did not want to reveal her full name, pitched her tent with a friend. You take turns, she says. She comes back everyday after work. “Electoral fraud was the straw that broke the camel’s back.” but it started long ago with oppression by constitutional Court And the censorship started. Order must be restored and those responsible for this “dictatorship” of the judiciary must be punished. “Only the military can solve this,” she says. This is a call for a coup.

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