Brazil appeared to take a sharp turn left as the former president of the country, communist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, seemingly beat out conservative incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in that country’s election.
In a divisive campaign featuring two bitter rivals on opposing sides of the political spectrum, Lula won 50.9% of the vote. But something wasn’t right.
The numbers were enough to defeat Bolsonaro, whose supporters were confident he would win.
There is no doubt that the division highlighted by this election will persist.
Having been jailed and banned from standing for office, Lula was unable to run in the 2018 presidential election.
During his trial, he was found guilty of accepting bribes from a Brazilian construction firm to win contracts with Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras.
In the wake of his conviction being annulled, Lula returned to politics after spending 580 days in jail.
“They tried to bury me alive and here I am,” he said as he began to give a victory speech.
But massive amounts of people are in the streets protesting a stolen and rigged election.
“This is how it’s done: Over 3 million Brazilians filled the streets on Republic Day yesterday, Nov. 15, to protest the stolen elections. The party of President Jair Bolsonaro presented its report and announced it will apply to have the election annulled since the results could not be validated,” the Gateway Pundit reported.
Since the massive fraud during the runoff election on October 30th in Brazil, millions of Brazilians have been protesting on the streets every day against electoral fraud by Communist convicted criminal Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
— Carla M. Lodi (@LodiMaffei) November 15, 2022
The Day of the Republic was celebrated yesterday across Brazil with millions of people taking to the streets, especially in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, but also in smaller towns.
There has been a refusal on the part of mainstream media like O Globo to report on what may be one of the largest protests ever seen in the world, fueling even more anger and disgust among the Brazilian people.
“I’m no expert on the history of protests, but I think these may be the biggest protests the world has ever seen,” Brazil expert Fernando Teles said on the German website Free World. “People are very angry. That isn’t really like the Brazilians at all, who are usually pretty laid back.”
“According to Teles, over 3 million people demonstrated yesterday in Brasilía, although the capital is very difficult to reach and people often had to travel several days to get there. In Rio de Janeiro, approx. 500,000 protested in front of the old Ministry of Defense, demanding military intervention to prevent the communists from taking power,” the Pundit report added.
— QueenStefane🇧🇷 (@StefaneQueen) November 16, 2022
Demonstrators complained that at least 100 of the electronic ballot boxes did not contain a single vote for Bolsonaro. 5 million votes were discarded. Allegedly, Lula won 50.9% of the vote and Bolsonaro 49.1%.
Last week, Minister of Defense Paulo Sergio Nogueira de Oliveira sent his report on possible election fraud to the radical leftist Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), which consists of diehard Lula supporters. The military’s report spoke of “relevant security risks”: “It is not possible to say the electronic voting system is free from the influence of malware that could affect its outcome,” says the report. The TSE will likely ignore the report.
Now President Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party (PL) has also submitted its report on electoral fraud, stating that the PL will request “an annulment of the election” because “it is not possible to validate the results of all the electronic voting machines.”
— Charley Tapes (@CharleyTapes) November 15, 2022
The result can only be contested by a party that participated in the election, according to Teles. “The electoral court will probably refuse,” he addded. “Then the sitting President can order a military court to decide. Then it will be a battle between the judicial system and the executive branch. The military will probably have to take to the streets. Under the Law and Order Act (GLO), the President can order the army to restore peace.”
The military leadership and Bolsonaro, according to Teles, have made every effort to follow the law. Military intervention has already been demanded, with protesters chanting “Forças armadas, salvam nossa pátria!” (Armed Forces, Save Our Country!).
“The funny thing is, although they say they won the majority in the election, there are no protests by Lula supporters,” Teles added, asking. “Where are they?”
Meanwhile, here in the US, Arizona’s citizens and grassroots groups have called for a new election. Since last week’s elections in Arizona were filled with serious anomalies, a coalition of citizens and grassroots groups has issued a set of demands for a new and fair election, and they will begin petitioning the government this week.
It is expected that they will show up in force to peacefully continue demanding action and the return to some sort of election integrity if their demands are not met.
Can we get more protesters there than Brazil has? Shut everything down.