Jair Bolsonaro calls on his supporters to “unblock the roads”

Jair Bolsonaro plays appeasement. The Brazilian president on Wednesday asked his supporters to “unblock the roads” “for the good of [la] nation”, while supporting the “legitimate demonstrations” which multiplied after his defeat, by a short head, in the second round of the presidential election on Sunday against Lula.

“I appeal to you: unblock the roads. This does not seem to me to be part of the legitimate demonstrations, ”said the head of state in a video posted on Twitter. “Other demonstrations that are held throughout Brazil, in other places, are part of the democratic game, they are welcome,” he added. “Protest in another way, in other places, that’s fine.”

Bolsonaro promises to “respect the Constitution”

Thousands of Bolsonarists gathered on Wednesday in front of places of military command to demand an intervention by the army following the defeat of their leader against former President Lula (2003-2010). These protests came the day after Jair Bolsonaro gave permission to make the transition to Lula’s team, without however mentioning his defeat or congratulating his opponent.

He promised to “respect the Constitution”, and if he asked that the demonstrations remain “peaceful”, without undermining the “right to come and go”, he also justified them by attributing them to a feeling of ‘ “injustice” related to the electoral process. Previously, for two days, the president had maintained suspense over his reaction by keeping silent, a stance that his critics say has fueled protests and roadblocks in most states in Brazil.

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