Bolsonaro backers name on Brazil navy to intervene after Lula victory By Reuters


© Reuters. Supporters of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro maintain a protest in opposition to President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who gained a 3rd time period following the presidential election run-off, at City Army Sector in Brasilia, Brazil, November 2, 2022. REUTERS/Dieg


By Brian Ellsworth and Rodrigo Viga Gaier

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday held rallies to name for an armed forces intervention following the election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a transfer that navy consultants say is out of the query.

The nation’s electoral authority on Sunday mentioned Lula gained virtually 51% of the vote. Bolsonaro has not formally acknowledged the consequence, although his cupboard has initiated a transition, with Lula set to take over the presidency on Jan. 1.

Bolsonaro’s supporters in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro led festive rallies on Wednesday, carrying Brazil’s yellow-and-green flag draped over their shoulders, blowing horns and chanting anti-Lula slogans.

“We hope the military will intervene on this scenario, we all know that these elections have been fraudulent,” mentioned Reinaldo da Silva, 65, a retired authorities employee at a rally on the entrance to a Sao Paulo military barracks.

“I got here right now as a result of I need Brasil to be free, socialism doesn’t work with the Brazilian nation.”

Comparable rallies have been held at barracks in a complete of 9 states and the capital Brasilia, based on Brazilian on-line media portal UOL.

Brazil’s protection ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Bolsonaro, a former military captain, has cultivated sturdy ties to the navy since his 2018 election, successful over the political sympathies of among the prime brass.

Like many politically conservative Brazilians, he has usually waxed nostalgic for the 1964-1985 navy dictatorship. Lula, against this, was jailed within the Nineteen Seventies for protesting in opposition to the navy authorities.

However the armed forces have been cautious of direct involvement in politics because the dictatorship, which left the nation in financial chaos.

    Paulo Chagas, a retired cavalry common who campaigned for Bolsonaro in 2018, mentioned in a message to Reuters: “The navy know full nicely what their obligation is: the structure doesn’t permit them to intervene in politics.”

Common Otavio Rego Barros, a former spokesman for Bolsonaro, mentioned in a column printed on Wednesday that it was time for the election losers to concede and consider Brazil’s future. He criticized “teams with no sense of accountability that also search to destabilize a weakened social cloth with provocations and misinformation.”

Chagas and Rego Barros fell out with Bolsonaro over his stress on the armed forces to endorse him politically.

Political leaders all over the world have congratulated Lula on his victory, with the White Home commending him for successful “free, truthful and credible elections.” Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned on Wednesday that the Biden administration was glad Bolsonaro had acknowledged the consequence.

Earlier than Sunday’s vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly made baseless claims that the electoral system was open to fraud.

In addition to echoing that false declare, some Bolsonaro supporters argue Lula mustn’t have been allowed to run after being convicted as a part of a sweeping corruption scandal linked to his Employees Celebration, which was overturned by the Supreme Courtroom final 12 months.

“We want a federal intervention, we’ve a Supreme (Courtroom) that bought out to the Employees Celebration,” mentioned one demonstrator at a rally exterior a regional navy headquarters within the middle of Rio de Janeiro.

Truckers, one in all Bolsonaro’s core group of supporters, blocked roads across the nation on Monday and Tuesday to protest the outcomes, creating miles-long backups and threatening to disrupt provide chains.

Nonetheless, a number of truckers interviewed by Reuters mentioned they supported Bolsonaro however didn’t agree with the blockades and authorities mentioned on Wednesday that they have been making headway in clearing the blockades.

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