Bolsonaro supporters still appeal to the army

Support for Jair Bolsonaro on a blocked road in Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on November 1, 2022. - SILVIO AVILA / AFP

Support for Jair Bolsonaro on a blocked road in Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on November 1, 2022. – SILVIO AVILA / AFP

Supporters of the far-right outgoing president denounce “fraud” during the ballot held in October and do not want to see Lula at the head of the country.

Thousands of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro gathered outside barracks on Tuesday, a public holiday in Brazil, to ask again for an intervention of the army against the victory of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the presidential election.

“We don’t want Lula to take charge on January 1, we don’t want a communist country, we want a better Brazil,” Lais Nunes, a 30-year-old bank worker, said outside the military command barracks. from the East, in Rio de Janeiro.

“There are various reports that there was fraud during the elections (…) that we cannot accept,” added Leandro de Oliveira, a 38-year-old police officer.

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro denounce “fraud” of the electronic voting system in force since 1996. A system repeatedly attacked by the far-right president before the election, without, however, ever providing evidence of irregularities.

Reinforced security in the capital

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense has however published a report showing that “no inconsistency” had been noted in the result from the electronic ballot boxes. And international observers validated the ballot.

Security has been tightened in the capital and police have restricted access to Three Powers Square, where the Presidential Palace, Parliament and Supreme Court are located. Similar rallies had already called for the intervention of the army after the October 30 election where Lula narrowly won (50.9% against 49.1%).

Apart from a brief speech two days after his defeat, Jair Bolsonaro remained silent and reclusive, and his official agenda empty. He practically disappeared not only from public life but also from social networks where his accounts were extremely active.

He is not participating in the summit of the twenty most industrialized countries which opened in Bali, Indonesia, and the delegation of the main economy of Latin America is led by the head of diplomacy Carlos França.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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