Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Pro-Bolsonaro protests dwindle as Brazil handover starts

Pro-Bolsonaro protests dwindle as Brazil handover starts

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 Brazilian police said Friday they had nearly finished clearing hundreds of roadblocks by supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who have been protesting since his election loss to veteran leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

After Lula's narrow victory Sunday, Bolsonaro supporters blocked highways and camped out at army bases to demand a military intervention to keep the defeated incumbent in power.

"All federal highways are now free of roadblocks," though five partial closures that don't impede traffic remain in two of Brazil's 27 states, federal highway police said.

The blockades threatened to cause havoc in Latin America's largest economy, but diminished since Bolsonaro urged supporters Wednesday to "unblock the roads."

Police have broken up more than 960 roadblocks, they said.

Ex-army captain Bolsonaro was silent for nearly two days after the election, raising fears he would try to cling to power with the backing of hardline supporters.

But after a series of key allies acknowledged the result, he said Tuesday he would respect the constitution, and authorized the start of the transition process for Lula's inauguration on January 1.

But Bolsonaro has still not explicitly conceded defeat nor congratulated Lula.