Bolsonaro supporters are still appealing to the army

Support for Jair Bolsonaro on a closed road in Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul on November 1, 2022. – SILVIO AVILA / AFP

Supporters of the far-right outgoing president have denounced “fraud” in the October election and do not want Lula to lead the country.

Thousands of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro gathered in front of a barracks on Tuesday, a public holiday in Brazil, to demand renewed intervention by the army against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory in the presidential election.

“We don’t want Lula to take over on January 1, we don’t want a communist country, we want a better Brazil,” said Lais Nunes, a 30-year-old bank teller, outside the Military Command East barracks in Rio de Janeiro.

“There are various reports of voter fraud (…) that we cannot accept,” added Leandro de Oliveira, a 38-year-old police officer.

Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters denounce the “fraud” of the electronic voting system that has been in place since 1996. A system that the far-right president repeatedly attacked before the election, but without ever providing evidence of irregularities.

Increased security in the capital

However, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense has released a report which states that “no inconsistency” was found in the results of the electronic ballot boxes. And international observers confirmed the choice.

Security in the capital has been tightened and police have restricted access to Three Powers Square, where the Presidential Palace, Parliament and the Supreme Court are located. Similar rallies had already called for army intervention after the October 30 election, in which Lula narrowly won (50.9% vs. 49.1%).

Apart from a brief speech two days after his defeat, Jair Bolsonaro remained mute and withdrawn, and his official agenda was empty. He practically disappeared not only from public life, but also from social networks, where his accounts were extremely active.

He is not attending the summit of the twenty most industrialized countries that opened in Bali, Indonesia, and the delegation from Latin America’s main business community is being led by the head of diplomacy, Carlos Fran├ža.

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