Hundreds of Bolsonarists, including at least 300 aboard trucks, gathered this Wednesday in front of the Army headquarters in Brasilia to request a military intervention against the electoral victory of the progressive leader. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
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The demonstrators carried Brazilian flags and banners demanding a “federal intervention” of the military to prevent the investiture of Lula, who on October 30 defeated President Jair Bolsonaro at the polls by a minimal difference of 1.8 percentage points.
The line of trucks, which did not have a box, extended for several kilometers from the doors of the Army headquarters, located about 7 kilometers from the Plaza de los Tres Poderes, where the headquarters of the Government, the National Congress and the the Supreme Court.
Hundreds of people on foot joined the concentration of vehicles, which was taking place peacefully and under the surveillance of a large number of soldiers.
This Wednesday, the Armed Forces plan to deliver to the electoral justice a report they made on the presidential and legislative elections in October, the content of which has not been disclosed.
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At the behest of Bolsonaro, the military participated for the first time as observers of the elections and of the voting system, which was the target of a smear campaign by the far-right leader in the months prior to the elections, despite the fact that the ballot boxes have never been the subject of fraud allegations.
Truckers carried out hundreds of roadblocks throughout the country during the three days after the elections, but they lifted those protests after Bolsonaro himself asked his followers not to restrict the free movement of citizens.
On December 2, a public holiday, thousands of people demonstrated in front of the military barracks in the main Brazilian capitals to call for a coup against the results of the polls.
Although the intensity of the protests has dropped significantly since then, some small groups still insist on demonstrating in front of the barracks.
Apart from these movements, the Bolsonaro government is already working on the transition with a team appointed by Lula, who will take power on January 1.
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