Bolsonaro asks his followers to unblock the roads

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Brazil’s president, who has not yet made a statement about Lula’s victory, confirms that the protests are part of the “democratic game”

Brazil’s highways were still blocked on Thursday by thousands of supporters of current President Jair Bolsonaro, who took to the streets Monday to protest the victory of leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Sunday’s presidential election. After several days of blockades and tensions on the country’s major roads, the far-right president has said enough is enough. “Free the roads and respect the right to come and go,” Bolsonaro asked last night in a video released on his social networks, stressing that the movement that supports him “cannot lose its legitimacy”.

Since Bolsonaro’s message, it is possible to see a decrease in truck blockages. Attorney General Anderson Torres noted on Twitter that there were 158 blockades this morning and the number was “decreasing”. For its part, the Federal Highway Police reported that 834 blockades, between partial and total, had been checked across the country since the demonstrations began last Sunday evening and the number of affected states has dropped from 15 to 12.

The president, who has not yet commented on Lula’s victory, nevertheless supported the protests. In this sense, he affirmed that “other demonstrations taking place all over Brazil, in the squares, are part of the democratic game.” In it, his supporters demand a “military intervention” to prevent the inauguration of the leftist leader. “As long as the enemy is not defeated, we will not get out of here. Until we are victorious, we will not let go of our hands,” commented dozens of people in one of the mobilizations, in front of the doors of one of the army headquarters. in the south of Sao Paulo, between prayers and under the greeting Nazi, asking that the armed forces participate.

Meanwhile, a violent episode has marked the protests. Yesterday, a driver drove his vehicle over a group of protesters on the Washington Luís highway in the city of Mirassol, in São Paulo. A video that has gone viral on social networks shows the car moving forward with no apparent intent to stop and attack the protesters blocking the road. No deaths have been reported at this time, but at least ten people have been injured. The facts are being investigated, according to the newspaper ‘O’Globo’.

Source: La Verdad

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