Brazil: lifting of almost all Bolsonarist roadblocks

Brazil: almost all Bolsonarist roadblocks lifted< /p> UPDATE DAY

Roadblocks erected in Brazil by demonstrators refusing to accept the electoral defeat of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had all but disappeared on Friday, police said, and only a few dozen diehards continued to protest in front of military barracks. 

The latest report from the Federal Roads Police (PRF) showed only 15 roadblocks in five of the country's 27 states, and none of them completely blocked vehicle traffic.

Since the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro against the icon of the left Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the presidential election on Sunday, the PRF says it has raised no less than 954 roadblocks in roads throughout Brazil, a country of continental dimensions.

The movement began to run out of steam on Wednesday, after a video of the head of state was broadcast calling on his supporters to “clear the roads”.

Thursday evening, there were still 34 roadblocks, compared to more than 250 on Tuesday.

The Ibovespa index was up more than 2% shortly after the opening of the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, reassured by this improvement in the political and social climate.

The National Confederation of Industry had warned Tuesday of the “imminent risk of shortage”, in particular of fuel, if the roads remained blocked.

Jair Bolsonaro nevertheless described as “legitimate” the demonstrations in front of barracks and other places of military command, which gathered tens of thousands of people on Wednesday in a dozen Brazilian cities.

These extreme demonstrators on the right demanded the intervention of the army to prevent the icon of the left Lula from returning to power for a third term, after having ruled the country from 2003 to 2010.

On Friday, around a hundred irreducible were still posted in front of the army headquarters in Brasilia, and around thirty in Sao Paulo, AFP journalists noted.

In Rio de Janeiro, on the other hand, the demonstrators had left the square in front of the local military command.

President Bolsonaro never explicitly acknowledged his defeat and even less congratulated Lula on his election, but he promised to “respect the Constitution”.

Geraldo Alckmin, vice-president elect, judged “very beneficial” the first meeting Thursday he had with members of the Bolsonaro government to prepare for the transition until Lula’s enthronement on January 1.