Friday, February 3, 2023

Brazil: “mega protest” failed due to the nervousness of the authorities

BRASILIA ( Associated Press) – Brazilian authorities tightened security Wednesday in more than 20 cities in the South American nation after a pamphlet promoting “a mega-protest to regain power” circulated on social media. Left no stone unturned to do so. Whether or not it was due to the preventive measures taken, the alleged rebellion failed.

Fewer than 10 protesters demonstrated on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro; There were more journalists and 29 police vehicles. On the Brasília Esplanade, which is surrounded by federal government buildings, authorities had set aside an area to protest and deployed police and elements of the National Guard. Four days earlier, only one pair of thousands of protesters wearing Brazilian football team jerseys arrived at the scene.

Eunice Carvalho, a 58-year-old housewife who came with her husband, said, “We are surprised to be here alone today.” “People got scared after the arrests, which were extreme.”

In statements to the press hours earlier, the federal government appointed to take control of the capital’s security said police would close main thoroughfares to traffic, restrict pedestrian access with barricades and block all access to the square. which was the scene of Sunday’s chaos.

“The right to protest freely will always be respected and cannot be confused with terrorism”, affirmed the official, Riccardo Capelli.

Prior to the call for demonstrations, Supreme Federal Court Magistrate Alexandre de Moraes ordered local authorities to prevent protesters from blocking roads or occupying public places and buildings. The judge also ordered arrests and fines for individuals and companies that participate in or help with the logistics and financing of the protests.

The strong reaction, and subsequent calm, highlighted the panic among authorities after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the federal supreme court and the presidential palace in Brasilia on Sunday, storming three key federal government buildings. was harmed. The authorities detained about 1,500 people the next morning, hundreds of whom were sent to jail.

Despite no evidence of fraud in the October 30 presidential election, protesters have claimed the real winner of the election was right-wing Bolsonaro. The former president has fired his supporters about the vulnerability of the voting machines despite claims that the machines have been tested by independent experts. Bolsonaro has also warned his supporters that the winner of the election, leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will impose communism.

The call for a new protest on Wednesday raised concerns that the crackdown had not quelled the will of hardliners. Among those who have vowed to keep fighting is Daniel Bresson, 35, who traveled some 480 kilometers (300 miles) from the interior of Paraná state to join Sunday’s protest in Brasilia. The police arrest him the next morning, although he denies taking part in any acts of vandalism.

“Many people will be afraid to go out on the streets and get arrested, I am also afraid of persecution by the judicial system, but I will not stop fighting and I will not give up,” Bresson said by telephone from the temporary center in the custody of the federal police. “I am ready for anything. Our liberty is more valuable than our life.”

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Scarabotto reported in Rio de Janeiro.

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