Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided to remove pro-Bolsonaro roadblocks  Election news

Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided to remove pro-Bolsonaro roadblocks Election news

Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided to remove pro-Bolsonaro roadblocks Election news

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered police to remove roadblocks erected by supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has yet to publicly acknowledge his election defeat leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

On Tuesday, Judge Alexandre de Moraes called on the Federal Highway Police to break up blockades organized mainly by trucks in Bolsonaro’s key constituency.

Traffic police said trucks blocked highways at 271 points, partially or completely, as part of protests that spread to 23 of Brazil’s 26 states following Bolsonaro’s loss. Lula in the elections to be held on Sunday.

Another 192 roadblocks have been cleared, police said.

Bolsonaro has remained silent More than 36 hours later, after narrowly losing in the second round, 49.1 percent of the vote to Lula’s 50.9 percent.

His silence, both publicly and on social media, and his refusal to immediately admit defeat have raised fears that Bolsonaro may be looking for ways to challenge the results.

For months, the former Army captain falsely claimed that Brazil’s electronic voting system vulnerable to fraud. Critics say the charge is part of a plan to challenge his likely defeat and is similar to tactics used by former US President Donald Trump, which Bolsonaro has emulated.

Al Jazeera’s Monika Yanakiev, reporting from Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, said many of the far-right leader’s allies welcomed Lula’s victory.

Some, including his chief of staff Ciro Nogueira, have already begun contacting the Lula camp to discuss a transition, while others, including the speaker of the lower house of Congress, have said publicly that Bolsonaro’s government must respect the election result.

“I doubt it [Bolsonaro] will say that he does not accept the results because there is no one who will support him in this matter,” said Yanakiev.

However, he described Bolsonaro’s silence as “very loud” complicating what should be a smooth transition. “The fact that President Jair Bolsonaro has not opened his mouth since that day election results were broadcastit doesn’t help at all.”

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the presidency said Bolsonaro would address the election results “in a moment.” Earlier, Communications Minister Fabio Faria told the Reuters news agency that he would not dispute the results.

Brazil’s Supreme Court has decided to remove pro-Bolsonaro roadblocks  Election news
Supporters of Bolsonaro block the President Dutra Federal Highway in Jacare, Sao Paulo state, on October 31, 2022. [Roosevelt Cassio/Reuters]

Meanwhile, Brazil’s newly elected Vice President Geraldo Alcmin will coordinate the transition to the next government and plans to begin it on Thursday, said Glacey Hoffmann, leader of Lula’s Workers’ Party.

He said he would talk again with Bolsonaro’s chief of staff Nogueira about the transition.

The roads are blocked

Since Monday, pro-Bolsonaro protesters have blocked roads across the country, including outside Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport, the country’s main international air hub, and in Rio de Janeiro. “Lula No!” poster with writing. hanged from the Sao Paulo Bridge.

But the state with the most roadblocks was Santa Catarina in the south, where nearly 70 percent of voters backed Bolsonaro.

“I hope I can go back home,” real estate agent Rosangela Senna, 62, told AFP news agency at a bus station in Sao Paulo, where she missed her bus back to Rio.

“I could afford to pay for a night’s sleep in a hotel here, but many people had to wait right here in the bus station,” he said.

A Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday, upheld by a majority of the 11-judge bench, ordered the police to take “all measures” necessary to clear the roads.

The ruling also imposed fines on Highway Police Chief Silvine Vazquez if he fails to clear roadblocks. Vázquez was criticized for posting an Instagram story on election day urging Brazilians to vote for Bolsonaro.

The far-right leader, whose mantra was “God, family, country,” had campaigned on his conservative valuesincluding his opposition to legalized abortion and drugs, while falsely warning that Lula’s return would lead to persecution of the churches.

Lula, who served as president from 2003 to 2010, had pledged support working-class Brazilians and restore environmental protections, especially in the Amazon, after deforestation surged under Bolsonaro.

Many international leaders have Lula congratulated on the occasion of his victory, including US President Joe Biden, who also “praised the strength of Brazil’s democratic institutions after free, fair and credible elections” in an address to the president-elect on Monday.

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