Pro-Bolsonaro businessmen show support for coup
Newly discovered messages from pro-Bolsonaro businessmen in the WhatsApp group “Empresários & Política” have revealed their support for a coup should Lula and his Workers’ Party (PT) win Brazil’s presidential election this October, according to Metrópoles. The group, created last year, contains many notable businessmen from across the country. One Rio de Janeiro-based businessman wrote, “I prefer a coup than the return of the PT. A million times. And for sure nobody will stop doing business with Brazil. Like how they continue to do business with many dictatorships around the world.” Bolsonaro and his supporters are planning large rallies for September 7, Brazil’s Independence Day, coalescing in support of Bolsonaro’s campaign and calling into question the integrity of Brazil’s electronic voting system. Many of the WhatsApp group members referenced the day as a key moment for bringing Bolsonaro supporters and the military together. Others have also heavily criticized the Supreme Court and Supreme Electoral Court.
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