Brazilian protesters call for coup
Nov. 3, 2022
Tens of thousands of Brazilians demonstrated yesterday around the country demanding a military intervention. The protesters reject former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s victory in Sunday’s presidential elections, and called either for a military audit of results or an outright coup. Military leaders said an intervention is out of the question.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged supporters to lift blockades they set up around the country in protest of his loss, a day after Bolsonaro agreed to start the transition of power to Lula, but without conceding victory or recognizing the validity of the elections.
Bolsonaro supporters started setting up roadblocks on Sunday, affecting mobility and cargo around the country. But blockades were fizzling today — protesters were blocking highways partially or fully in 76 locations. (See yesterday’s post.)
Yesterday Bolsonaro said he understood people’s frustration at the result of the election, but that blocking roads make the ongoing protests illegitimate. “Everyone is suffering from the closed roads. I ask you to clear the roads and protest elsewhere,” Bolsonaro said.
The first formal transition meetings between Bolsonaro’s team and Lula’s are set for today.
(Reuters, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times)
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