The Brazilian court made a decision to clear the roadblocks. Bolsonaro is silent about the election loss
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered police on Tuesday to remove dozens of roadblocks erected by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro to protest his presidential election defeat, while the far-right leader remained silent. result
Thousands of pro-Bolsonaro truck drivers blocked Brazil’s highways on Monday to protest the election results that gave victory to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The protest began to affect the economy.
Brazil’s supermarket lobby has reported supply problems and appealed to Bolsonaro to address the situation before store shelves begin to empty.
Bolsonaro did not give any public response to the election results. Communications Minister Fabio Faria told Reuters that Bolsonaro was expected to address his defeat by Tuesday, although it was unclear whether the incumbent would accept Lula’s victory.
Truckers, who have benefited from Bolsonaro’s cut in diesel prices, are among the president’s core constituencies and have been known to disrupt Brazil’s economy when they block highways.
While Bolsonaro has been tight-lipped about his election defeat, his political allies and supporters have already begun reaching out to the Lula camp to discuss a transition. Some have publicly stated that Bolsonaro’s government should respect the election results.
ENTRY TO THE AIRPORT
Highways blocked by Bolsonaro’s supporters included key roads used to transport wheat from farming states to ports, as well as major roads connecting the two major cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
The main access road to Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, the country’s busiest, was temporarily blocked by dozens of protesters and 25 flights were cancelled, the airport said. But Governor Rodrigo Garcia said the highway had reopened Tuesday morning. He announced heavy hourly fines for those blocking the roads.
“We, honest Brazilians, are against the return of that gang that looted the public treasury,” said truck driver Vando Soares, opposing the return to office of Lula, whose presidency from 2003 to 2010 was marked by widespread corruption.
“We are not moving until that thug is stopped from assuming the office of president,” he said.
Another protester, Nayel Souza, said he believed Bolsonaro was waiting to see how the protests went before addressing the people.
Lula’s victory is a stunning comeback for the 77-year-old former metallurgist, who ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2010 but then spent time in prison on corruption charges that were later overturned.
Lula has pledged to overturn many of Bolsonaro’s policies, including pro-gun measures and lax protections for the Amazon rainforest.
Judge Alexandre de Moraes has called on the Federal Highway Police (PRF) to remove all truck blockades.
Some truckers posted videos calling for a military coup to end Lula’s tenure.
The PRF says trucks are partially or completely blocking highways in more than 200 locations as part of protests that have spread to 21 of Brazil’s 27 states. Another 192 roadblocks have been cleared, they said.
Reporting by Brian Elsworth in Sao Paulo, Ricardo Brito and Anthony Bodle in Brazil; Editing by Paul Simao and Alistair Bell
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