Conflicts & War

Bolsonaro supporters call for military coup

Brasilia, Nov 2 (EFE).- Thousands of Brazilians on Wednesday gathered outside military barracks in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio De Janeiro to call for a military coup following the closely fought victory of left-wing candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva over the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

Protesters were calling on Bolsonaro to authorize the military to take action.

The demonstrations were organized on social media by far-right Bolsonaro supporters who have refused to recognize the result of Sunday’s election, which saw the firebrand politician lose to Lula by 1.8 percentage points.

It comes at a time when Brazilian truckers are staging road blocks across the nation in defense of the outgoing president, although their numbers have waned since Bolsonaro said he would hand over power after a period of post-loss silence.

Brazil’s highway police reported 167 roadblocks Wednesday compared to Monday’s nearly 500.

In his speech Tuesday, Bolsonaro also referred to groups of protesting truckers, saying their actions are the result of “indignation and feelings of injustice over the electoral process.”

He added that while “peaceful demonstrations are always welcome” his supporters should not use “the (methods) of the left,” such as land invasions, property destruction and roadblocks.”EFE


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