December 6, 2022

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Roadblocks and canceled flights: Social tension in Brazil as Bolsonaro remains silent

St. Paul.- More than 420 blockades on routes in almost all states of Brazil, police clearance operations, incidents, judicial wrestling and up to 25 canceled flights at São Paulo International Airport. While President Jair Bolsonaro Continue your silence More than 38 hours after his run-off defeat Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, The result is rejected Lorries and supporters The far-right president is maintaining tension in Brazil, which is only two months away from transitioning to a new government today.

While the topic dominates in this country, Bolsonaro called an emergency meeting with Defense Minister Paulo Sergio Nogueira and other officials at the Alvorada Palace to discuss the crisis. According to the UOL news site.

Demonstrations on a street in Embu das Artes, on the outskirts of São Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Benner)Other Pens – AB

The roadblocks have divided trucker leaders and are seen as a movement of Bolsonaro militias. More than stopping Brazil for two weeks in 2018 to protest fuel price hikes. Leaders of the strike told local media that they were not involved in the coordination of the current demonstrations, that they did not know where the calls for a blockade were coming from, and that they had a more political agenda than the labor plan.

Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro stand in front of trucks with messages related to his campaign slogan during a blockade on the Dutra BR-116 highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Barra Manza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  October 31, 2022.
Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro stand in front of trucks with messages related to his campaign slogan during a blockade on the Dutra BR-116 highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Barra Manza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. October 31, 2022.Mauro Pimentel – AFP

The tense social atmosphere in the lanes and the Bolsonaro’s long silence, A threat to block the transition to a new Lula government, Supreme Court (STF) Minister Gilmer Mendes And Bruno Dantas of the Union Court of Accounts, other ministers of the Court, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Arthur Lira, government ministers and leaders of central political parties are demanding to join. Try to convince the President to make an announcement. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes and Tarcísio de Freitas, governor-elect of São Paulo and former infrastructure minister under Bolsonaro, are also in contact with judicial officials.

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According to two members of the government close to the president, cited by O Globo, Bolsonaro wants to meet with STF ministers in Alvorada this Tuesday before discussing the outcome of the election. The president will address the nation today, Communications Minister Fábio Faria told Reuters. According to the official, The President will not contest the decision. The speech will quell protests by supporters who have blocked highways in most of Brazil’s states.

Demonstrations by truckers on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.  (AP Photo/Andre Benner)
Demonstrations by truckers on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Benner)Other Pens – AB

In protests in the streets, Bolsoneristas questioned the results of the ballot – the tightest since re-democratization in Brazil, with a margin of 1.8 points in favor of Lula – And call for military intervention to prevent the president from taking office. Additionally, they are demanding a firm stance from Bolsonaro on the dispute over the decision. However, the President listened Recommendations from your inner circle The leaders of the major powers did yesterday to pronounce the decision as soon as possible. In addition, his political allies, including his chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira, have already begun making contacts with Lula’s team to discuss change in Brazil.

Last night, the Union Supreme Court (STF) Minister Alexandre de Moraes It decided that the police forces should take all necessary steps to clear the blocked roads. He called several officials into action, notably the Director General of the Federal Highway Police (PRF). Silvini Vasquez, under a penalty of 100,000 reais per hour, in a personal capacity; “Given the neglect and pronounced inaction of the PRF,” the threat of removal from his duties for the crime of insubordination and detention even in flagrant delicto.

Protesters cut off access to Cuarulhos International Airport in San Pablo.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Protesters cut off access to Cuarulhos International Airport in San Pablo. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)Victor R. Kaivano – AB

Most of the STF ministers followed the decision of their colleague, in virtual completion: Luis Roberto Barroso, Edson Fachin, Gilmar Mendes, Cármen Lúcia, Rosa Weber and Dias Toffoli. Ricardo Lewandowski, Luiz Fux, André Mendonça and Nunes Marques, the last two appointed by Bolsonaro to the court, have not yet revealed themselves in this regard.

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Under pressure from the judge, the PRF issued a statement this morning in which it pointed out that There were already moves to destroy routes across the country blocked by the Bolsonaros. As of last night there were 421 points of blockages or congestion on routes in 25 states and the Federal District, but according to the PRF As of noon, 267 people remained, after several operations since dawn, including rubber bullets and tear gas, in a tense atmosphere with protesters.

The strategic BR 116, known as Via Dutra, in the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro and the main link with the state of São Paulo, woke up today with both lanes open after an operation at 3 am.

According to the military police, The protesters were ordered to leave, after a conversation with PRF agents. About 20 demonstrators were still in the area, including a group of believers from the Assembly of God Church in Madurera, who set up a tent with donated food and drinks for the drivers. Two other checkpoints were also posted in the municipalities of Quimatos and Nova Iguazu.

A man sells food to truckers blocking the Via Dutra PR-116 highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo on October 31, 2022, in Barra Manza, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
A man sells food to truckers blocking the Via Dutra PR-116 highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo on October 31, 2022, in Barra Manza, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.Mauro Pimentel – AFP

The Sao Paulo’s main airport, Guarulhos International Airport, said 25 flights had been canceled due to protests on the Helio Smit highway (12 yesterday and 13 today).. Earlier this morning, 40-strong protesters blocked three lanes of the same road and used pepper spray to clear the cut. A protester who spoke before the operation and did not want to be identified said, The goal is to stay in the area for three daysGeneral Folha de São Paulo. There were also sieges elsewhere, such as the Marginal Taite in São Paulo.

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PRF’s Communications General Coordinator, Cristiano VasconcelosI said Folha D S. Paulo what This Tuesday they are working to clean all the roads in the country. According to him, there was never any commitment not to ban the tracks. Vascancellos has argued that videos show highway police acting in harmony with protesters and that no fines will be issued, adding that the police force in the blockaded areas is small, so they only talk to the Bolsonaroistas.

In Rio de Janeiro, according to the latest update, There are still six points left with the total cut. At the height of the iconic BR 101 (Coastal Road) Bharti, two sections of around 130 protesters are blocked in both directions. Another point of BR 101, at the height of Campos dos Goytacazes, was completely closed, in addition to other routes connecting the state with Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.

Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, mainly truckers, protest on the BR-101 highway in Florianópolis metropolitan area, Brazil, Oct. 31, 2022, after Bolsonaro lost his second term in the presidential election.
Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, mainly truckers, protest on the BR-101 highway in Florianópolis metropolitan area, Brazil, Oct. 31, 2022, after Bolsonaro lost his second term in the presidential election.Anderson Coelho – AFP

This Tuesday morning, truckers blocked access to the BR-101 near Itaborai in Rio’s metropolitan area. Protesters blocked tires and set fire to vehicles to immobilize themThe newspaper reported globe.

In the state of Minas Gerais, the PRF said there are still seven locations in the state under siege. According to the news portal G1Police also began clearing roads in Espírito Santo state from midnight, where there were 10 roadblocks.

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