Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Brazil tightens security across the country after fresh calls for protests from Bolsonaro supporters

(CNN) — Brazil is beefing up security across the country ahead of the call for protests by Bolsonaro supporters in several Brazilian cities this Wednesday.

Posts circulating on social media call for protests to begin at 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) in 20 cities across the country, including Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The goal is to “retake power”.

The Brazilian government’s oversight committee decided on Wednesday to strengthen security across the country as a “precaution” in the wake of calls for protests, according to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil, citing civilian personnel chief Rui Costa.

This Wednesday, Brazil’s Justice Minister, Flavio Dino, extended the deployment of federal forces in Brasilia until January 19, according to an official bulletin.

In a speech given this Wednesday, Ricardo Capelli, interim security chief of the Federal District of Brasília, reassured the population, saying: “There is no possibility that the events of the 8th will be repeated in the Federal District. ” The Esplanade would be closed to vehicles, there would be barricades and barriers, and protesters would not be allowed access to a certain point of federal buildings.

Capelli praised the actions of the Civil Police and thanked his boss, Robson Candido, “who has shown an exemplary position since Sunday night and has supported us in all our demands. All the requests we have been made by the Civil Police have been promptly attended to.” gave.”

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the authorities to protect roads and public buildings

Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Alexandre Moraes also called on the country’s authorities to step up security and prevent protesters from blocking roads and accessing public buildings in an order issued on Wednesday.

Moraes wrote, “The obstruction of urban and road traffic is prohibited throughout the national territory, as is access to public buildings for ‘protesters’ restricted until normalcy is restored.”

The order has also sought blocking of Telegram accounts linked to specific users and groups.

“It is imperative that the public security authorities of all capitals – military police, transit headquarters, civilian police, city guards, fire brigades [entre otros]as well as governors, mayors and employees of first and middle rank – take measures to guarantee freedom of movement and prevent the concentration of people in the places indicated on the website ‘National Mega-Manifesto to Retake Power'”, Moraes said in reference to said to a post circulating on social media.

Bolsonaro publishes a publication on fraud, and deletes hours later

Meanwhile, former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday shared a video in which a woman on Facebook questioned the country’s current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory in the 2022 elections. Hours later, Bolsonaro removed the post.

According to the publication in question, which makes unfounded claims, Lula was “not elected by the people, he was elected by the TSE”. [Tribunal Electoral] and STF [Tribunal Supremo],

The video was originally posted on Facebook by a woman who had posted other things in support of Bolsonaro in the past.

The post comes days after Bolsonaro supporters rioted in Brasilia, causing extensive damage to the presidential palace and Congress and Supreme Court buildings.

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