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    A huge crowd of defeated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's supporters rallied outside one of the national army's headquarters on Wednesday to demand a military coup to nullify the right-wing incumbent's loss and prevent President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from taking power. The Associated Press reported that thousands attended the rally, where Bolsonaro loyalists chanted "Armed forces, save Brazil!" and carried signs demanding a "federal intervention" following the president's narrow defeat in Sunday's runoff election. The demonstration came a day after Bolsonaro, in his first public remarks since his defeat in Sunday's contest, refused to directly concede defeat but pledged to "follow all the commandments of our constitution," a signal that he would allow the presidential transition to move forward. In recent weeks, Bolsonaro has repeatedly and baselessly warned of election fraud and hinted that he would not willingly leave office, in some cases invoking support among Brazil's military. "The army is on our side," Bolsonaro said during a July campaign event. But AP noted that while "the military has taken on an ample role under Bolsonaro," it "has remained...
    Jair Bolsonaro speaks from his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia. Eraldo Peres/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.After almost 48 hours of a deafening silence, Brazil’s defeated President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation in a brief speech that only served to cement his already well-established diminished political stature. On Sunday, Bolsonaro became the first president to lose reelection after the tightest presidential race in the country’s recent history against President-Elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or Lula. Although he failed to openly concede the loss, Bolsonaro vowed to respect the Constitution and his chief of staff said he had authorized the beginning of the transfer of power.  At the Alvorada Palace, the official presidential residence in the capital of Brasília, Bolsonaro began his ambiguous two-minute statement by thanking the 58 million Brazilians—or 49.1 percent of the vote against Lula’s 50.9 —who voted for him. In true Trumpian fashion, he recognized as legitimate the anti-democratic trucker protests blocking highways across the country baselessly contesting the election results. “The current popular...
    Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle have unfollowed each other on Instagram in the wake of his narrow election defeat to his left-wing rival Lula. The right-wing leader is yet to break his silence on the loss amid fears he could refuse to concede, further solidifying his 'Trump of the Tropics' moniker. In the hours after the result was announced, eagle-eyed observers noticed both Bolsonaro and his wife were no longer following each other on Instagram amid rumours of a split. The first lady also unfollowed her stepson Carlos, the president's second eldest son, Carlos Bolsonaro, who is believed to run his father's social media.  Bolsonaro has not posted anything online or spoken to reporters since the defeat, and his furious supporters have blocked roads with trucks and flaming barricades across the country. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle have unfollowed each other on Instagram in the wake of his narrow election defeat to his left-wing rival Lula In the hours after the result was announced, eagle-eyed observers noticed both Bolsonaro and his wife were no...
    Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are protesting their idol’s election defeat with hundreds of roadblocks which threaten to plunge the country into chaos. The populist rightwinger has yet to concede the election since the unprecedentedly close result was announced Sunday, with leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva winning by just 1.8 percentage points. With fears mounting that Bolsonaro could take a leaf from the playbook of his close ally, Donald Trump, and refuse to accept the result, truckers loyal to the incumbent have taken matters into their own hands. Roadblocks and protests demanding a military coup to stop Lula being certified as president have erupted in all but two Brazilian states, according to reports. Brazil’s federal highway police said over 300 protests had partially or completely shut down roads around the country, while authorities in the capital Brasilia closed traffic access to the central government esplanade amid fears that Bolsonaro’s supporters were planning to stage a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court, which they perceive as having given Lula favorable treatment. Videos shared on social...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s ability to contest the results of his country's presidential election has been limited by a series of warnings from key institutions and leaders of his own political coalition. “Conservative allies of Bolsonaro and key congressional allies from other parties have either come out and recognized the results — including pro-Bolsonaro gubernatorial candidates — or seem to be pressuring him in that direction,” the Heritage Foundation’s Mateo Haydar said. “Because they did well overall.” Bolsonaro laid the groundwork to challenge the results by alleging prior to the election that the voting machines are “completely vulnerable” to fraud — a preemptive rhetorical strike widely perceived as an imitation of former President Donald Trump’s attempt to stay in office after President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Bolsonaro’s party backed the maneuver prior to the election, but key power brokers have broken ranks in the hours since Brazilian election authorities declared that former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the election with 50.9% of the vote. “The will of the majority, expressed at the polls, should...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (right), defeated by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) in Sunday’s presidential election, remains silent nearly 20 hours after the results were announced by the electoral commission. Separately, Brazilian truckers blocked at least 70 points, including major intersections, on highways across the country between Sunday night and Monday to protest the election results. Bolsonaro, a member of the Liberal Party who lost the election by less than two percentage points, spent the night at his official residence in Brasilia before heading to the presidential palace on Monday. Known for being unhinged on networks, he hasn’t posted anything since the previous day and has yet to acknowledge defeat or congratulate his rival. Bolsonaro had no action on Monday’s official agenda. On Sunday, the deputy and son of President Eduardo Bolsonaro followed the vote count live on the Internet with two right-wing leaders, but suspended it without question when the trend in Lula’s favor became almost irreversible. . Brazilian truckers blocked at least 70 highways across the country to protest Bolsonaro’s election defeat after the tightest...
    Brazilian voters have gone from one extreme to the other as they ditched the controversial far-right Jair Bolsonaro in favour of socialist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by the narrowest of margins in Sunday's election. The new president, known as Lula, is no stranger to the electorate, having previously served as the country's leader from 2003 to 2010. The former trade unionist introduced sweeping reforms in his first stint in power and was admired for his ambition, even lauded as the 'most popular politician on Earth' by Barack Obama, but he was never far from scandal. That all came to a head when he was handed a prison sentence in 2018, just a year after the shock death of his wife of 43 years Marisa Letícia Rocco Casa. But the progressive has since staged a remarkable comeback, quashing his corruption charges before sealing an unlikely election win against the incumbent Bolsonaro, the first time a sitting president has lost in Brazil. It has been viewed as a mirror of the US 2020 election, with the 'Brazilian Biden' seizing power from 'Trump of...
    As Brazilians prepare to vote in Sunday's decisive presidential runoff, a report published Saturday revealed that social media giants Meta—Facebook's parent company—and TikTok are driving traffic to content promoting a military coup to overthrow Brazil's democracy. The report—entitled Stop the Steal 2.0: How Meta and TikTok Are Promoting a Coup—was published by the San Francisco-based activist group SumOfUs and asserts that "on the eve of the second vote in Brazil's most important election in decades, Meta and TikTok continue to put the integrity of the election on the line through their disastrous recommendation systems." The publication comes ahead of Sunday's second-round contest between far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro—who has said he may not accept the outcome of the election if he loses–and former leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Aggregate polling showed the two candidates in a statistical dead heat on Friday. According to the new report: Meta claims that Brazil is a priority region and that the company is committed to enforcing policies and practices that uphold the integrity of the vote. But not only does SumOfUs' previous research...
    A supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro confronts a supporter of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Eraldo Peres/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.The first time many Brazilians heard of Nikolas Ferreira was the day the newly elected federal lawmaker received the highest number of votes in the country’s 2022 legislative elections—and in the history of the key battleground state of Minas Gerais in southeast Brazil. Born in an impoverished favela, the 26-year-old self-described conservative Christian “defender of the family” and advocate for abstinence until marriage is a staunch supporter of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection this Sunday in the final round of the most contentious presidential race in recent memory. Ferreira, a baby-faced member of Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party, racked up about 1.5 million votes, almost 500,000 more than the next best performing candidate for the Lower House, and a monumental leap from the 30,000 that had secured him a city council seat in Belo Horizonte in 2020, when he vowed to be a...
    Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro are seeking an investigation into Sunday's election after he confounded polls and forced the race to a run-off, according to his son. Eduardo Bolsonaro credited a video message by Donald Trump with helping his father to within five points of leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. And he said Brazilians expect Trump to return to the White House.  But he reserved particular anger for polls that had given Lula as much as a double digit lead, which he said may have prompted some supporters to vote for other candidates. 'We do not believe they were wrong by a mistake or science,' he told DailyMail.com.  'They were wrong because they are trying to influence the elections.'  The highly polarized election will determine if the country returns a leftist to lead the world's fourth-largest democracy or keeps the hard -right incumbent in office for another four years.  Da Silva came close to an outright majority with 48.4 percent of the vote to Bolsonaro's 43.2 percent.  President Jair Bolsonaro confounded expectations by narrowly losing to leftwing challenger Luiz...
    Vendor's towels for sale featuring Brazilian presidential candidates.Eraldo Peres/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Every other day, my WhatsApp bursts with messages from friends in Brazil and abroad expressing equal parts of excitement and apprehension as Sunday’s Brazilian presidential elections approach. On Wednesday, my best friend who lives in the country’s capital, Brasília, texted to say she was scared of wearing red clothes to go vote this weekend because red is the color associated with the Worker’s Party of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula, the current front-runner, has a real, if slim, chance to beat far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in the first round by getting more than 50 percent of valid votes. “The mood is terrible,” she wrote, later adding that in the last 48 hours, four instances of political violence had been recorded across the country. “It’s very sinister this fear of expressing yourself.” My friend’s worries are justified. The upcoming presidential elections in my home country are the most fraught and hate-filled in...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for all Brazilian presidential candidates to accept the results of their election. In an apparent swipe at former President Donald Trump, who has refused to acknowledge President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, Sanders implored Brazilian candidates to "respect the results" because "democracies all over the world are under attack" at a moment of increased global authoritarianism. LAST KNOWN MAN OF AN INDIGENOUS TRIBE IN BRAZIL, 'MAN OF THE HOLE,' DIES A voz do eleitor brasileiro será ouvida e tem que ser respeitada. Mensagem do senador americano @SenSanders sobre as eleições no Brasil. #equipeLula pic.twitter.com/K8rmB7D2KH— Lula 13 (@LulaOficial) September 29, 2022 "At a time where democracies all over the world are under attack and we are seeing nations move toward authoritarianism, I do want to let you know how important your election is, not only to the people of Brazil but to all those who care about and respect democracy," Sanders says in a video posted by left-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday. "As the largest...
    Sao Paulo (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his main election rival and and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva traded insults Sunday during a charged election debate which also saw Bolsonaro launching a deeply personal attack on a journalist who questioned his response to the coronavirus pandemic."I think you go to sleep thinking about me. You have a crush on me," Bolsonaro told Vera Magalhães after she asked him about Brazil's Covid-19 vaccination rate. "You are a disgrace to journalism in Brazil," he said.Magalhães later said Bolsonaro's attitude was "absolutely out of control, unnecessary, and... harmful to himself." She said she believed Bolsonaro "doesn't like to be questioned by women."Bolsonaro's insulting comments to Magalhães came after he faced criticism for his attitudes towards women. The far-right leader defended his government's support for laws in favor of women and claimed "a large part of women in Brazil love me" because he opposes legalizing drugs.Bolsonaro and Lula joined four other candidates in what was the first televised debate ahead of the October presidential election. The debate focused on a range of...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leftist Brazilian politician Ciro Gomes made his presidential candidacy official at an event in capital of Brasilia on Wednesday, less than three months before the election. Gomes’ chances of winning the election appear slim, with just 8% of respondents saying they plan to vote for him in October, according to the latest Datafolha poll conducted in June. He trails far behind former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, of the Workers’ Party, and far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who accounted for 47% and 28% of intended votes, respectively, according to the same poll, which had a margin for error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points. Gomes, a politician from Brazil’s northeast region, is the candidate for the Democratic Labor Party, and his candidacy is expected to put a dent in da Silva’s support during the first round of the election. He has sought to cast himself as an alternative to Brazil’s polarization embodied by the two-horse race between da Silva and Bolsonaro. Gomes lambasted Bolsonaro for his poor handling of the pandemic, the rise in food...
    (CNN)Brazil faces potentially dangerous unrest around the country's upcoming presidential vote, a senior elections official has warned.Speaking at the Wilson Center in Washington DC on Wednesday, Superior Electoral Court Minister Edson Fachin said that the next elections run a risk of unrest "more severe" than the January 6, 2021, insurrection, when rioters violently stormed the US capitol fueled by the false belief that the 2020 election had been stolen. Brazil's own contentious presidential elections in October are expected to pit current President Jair Bolsonaro against former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. "Brazilian society will put a mirror in front of itself on October 2. If it wants a war of everyone against everyone, or if it wants democracy," said Fachin, who had been invited to comment on preparations and challenges ahead of the vote.He described several steps the electoral commission has taken to improve transparency and legitimacy in the vote, which will take place electronically and in person at voting centers. The Organization of the American States (OAS) has agreed to be an observer in the Brazilian elections, he...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden avoided challenging Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his upcoming election and handling of the Amazon rainforest during the public portion of their first-ever meeting Thursday, while the Brazilian leader sounded a more defensive tone in addressing those issues. The two had never met, or even spoken to each other, before they took their seats in a room at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Biden has been hosting a weeklong summit of leaders from the Western Hemisphere. During the public portion of their meeting, Biden welcomed Bolsonaro with praise for Brazil’s “vibrant, inclusive democracy and strong electoral institutions.” Bolsonaro, who is up for reelection this year and faces a challenge from one of his predecessors, has been repeating baseless claims about his country’s voting systems in what some Brazilian analysts see as an attempt by Bolsonaro to cast doubt on the outcome if he loses in October. Bolsonaro, who sounded defensive, raised the issue of his upcoming election himself. “We do wish to have honest, clean, transparent, auditable, reliable...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden became concerned that his Brazilian counterpart was going to skip this week’s summit in Los Angeles, so he dispatched a close adviser to personally deliver the invitation to Jair Bolsonaro. The gesture was met with a demand, according to three of the Brazilian leader’s Cabinet ministers. Bolsonaro said he would attend the Summit of the Americas only if Biden granted him a private meeting and also refrained from confronting him over some of the most contentious issues between the two men, the officials told The Associated Press. He didn’t want any criticism over deforestation in the Amazon or warnings about his questioning of the Brazilian electoral system’s reliability as he prepares to campaign for another term, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department did not address questions about the requested preconditions. Whether or not Biden bites his tongue, the demand is a reminder of the gap between the two leaders as they...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Less than 48 hours after suspending the messaging app Telegram in Brazil, a Supreme Court justice said it could resume operations because it had complied with a judicial order. Justice Alexandre de Moraes had ordered that platforms and internet providers block Telegram on Friday. On Saturday, he set a 24-hour deadline for the messaging app to comply with terms including blocking profiles that were spreading false information, as well as the removal of posts on President Jair Bolsonaro’s channel that gave access to details of a secret federal police investigation. In his decision on Sunday, de Moraes said Telegram has complied with his order and was adopting measures to combat disinformation in Brazil by monitoring the 100 most popular channels in the country. According to the justice, the social network also said it will establish relationships with information checking networks, restrict public posts by users banned for spreading fake news, and update its terms of service to promote verified information. Blocking Telegram in an election year would have been a major blow to Bolsonaro, who has...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction, local media reported. Bolsonaro, 66, was seen disembarking the presidential plane on foot surrounded by his entourage before being admitted to Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo after complaining of stomach pains. The President was stabbed during a campaign rally three years ago, causing intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, which has required at least four surgeries.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured in Brasilia in November) was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction In July, he was admitted to hospital for further treatment after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble.  Doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo told news site UOL that the president would undergo several tests to examine his abdomen.  Dr Macedo operated on Mr Bolsonaro after he was stabbed at a political rally in 2018. Globo said that Dr Macedo was on holiday in the Bahamas and was waiting for a flight back to Brazil to...
    Opponents of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets and to social media Tuesday to counter large pro-government, anti-judiciary demonstrations, and to condemn what they called the "genocidal" right-wing leader's attempt to subvert democracy and foment a coup d'état. A day after Bolsonaro supporters violently broke through police barricades near the National Congress in Brasília and threatened to invade the Supreme Federal Court (STF), many tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital to back the president's continued targeting of the judiciary and integrity of the upcoming election. Large right-wing protests also took place in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and other cities throughout the nation on Tuesday, Brazil's independence day. Protesters called for the dismissal of STF justices, an end to corruption inquiries against the president, the criminalization of communism, and military intervention. Countering the demonstrations with chants of "genocide," "Bolsonaro out," and "impeachment now," pro-democracy protesters marched in nearly 200 Brazilian cities and towns, as well as in at least seven countries around the world. Vowing that "no democratic freedom will fall," Tatianny Araújo of the...
    Judge Edson Fachin ruled that the court in Curitiba (South) which had convicted Lula in four trials was “not competent” to judge these cases. Lex-Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can now face Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 presidential election, after a Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned all his corruption convictions and restored him to his political rights. This decision had the effect of a bomb, propelling the icon of the Brazilian left back into the political arena, in a Brazil more polarized than ever after two years in office of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Judge Edson Fachin ruled that the court in Curitiba (South) which had convicted Lula in four trials was “not competent” to judge these cases. These will now be tried in a federal court in Brasilia. In the meantime, the former president (2003-2010) recovers his political rights and can run for a third term. However, the Brazilian Attorney General has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court in plenary session. “Innocent Lula”, reacted soberly on Twitter the Workers’ Party (PT), a...
    Judge Edson Fachin took this decision which had the effect of a bomb in Brazil by arguing that the court of Curitiba (South) which had convicted Lula in four trials was “not competent” to judge these cases. These will now be tried in a federal court in Brasilia. Pending these judgments, the former left-wing president (2003-2010) is restored to his political rights. “Lula innocent”, one could read on the Twitter account of the Workers’ Party (PT), a formation founded by Lula in 1980. Lula, 75, had already served a year and a half in prison for corruption, from April 2018 to November 2019, before being released by collegial decision of the Supreme Court but banned from election. At the time he was imprisoned, the former head of state was given the polls favorite for the October 2018 presidential election. Two and a half years later, in a recent poll, Lula appears to be the only one capable of defeating President Jair Bolsonaro in the next election, in 2022: 50% of those questioned said they were ready to vote for...
    By MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — A justice from Brazil’s top court on Monday annulled all sentences against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which for now restores his political rights and allows him to run for the presidency in next year’s election. Justice Luiz Edson Fachin wrote in his decision that the court in the city of Curitiba, which sentenced da Silva twice for corruption and money laundering, didn’t have the jurisdiction to put the leftist leader on trial. Both convictions stemmed from a mammoth corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras, brought to light by the so-called Car Wash investigation. The investigation was focused on Petrobras and its contractors, and the cases against da Silva weren’t directly related to its findings, Fachin wrote in his decision. Fachin said the case should be sent to the federal court of Brazil’s Federal District, where it can begin again from the start. Da Silva, 75, was Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2010, and was still appealing his two sentences -- one related to the alleged purchase of...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — A justice from Brazil’s top court on Monday annulled all sentences against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which for now restores his political rights and allows him to run for the presidency in next year’s election. Justice Luiz Edson Fachin wrote in his decision that the court in the city of Curitiba, which sentenced da Silva twice for corruption and money laundering, didn’t have the jurisdiction to put the leftist leader on trial. Both convictions stemmed from a mammoth corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras, brought to light by the so-called Car Wash investigation. The investigation was focused on Petrobras and its contractors, and the cases against da Silva weren’t directly related to its findings, Fachin wrote in his decision. Fachin said the case should be sent to the federal court of Brazil’s Federal District, where it can begin again from the start. Da Silva, 75, was Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2010, and was still appealing his two sentences — one related to the alleged purchase of a beachfront apartment in the...
    A Brazilian politician who spent his entire mayoral term in a hospital after he caught COVID-19 during the run-off race has died. Maguito Vilela died at the age of 71 on Wednesday at at Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, due to severe lung complications caused by the virus. Vilela caught coronavirus in the fall and had to be intubated on October 30. But he appeared to recover a little took office as mayor of the central city of Goiânia from his hospital bed January 1 after winning the November 29 runoff election. He took 52.6% of the votes, edging out Vanderlan Cardoso, who served as the city's mayor in 2016. However, Vilela's condition took a turn for the worse last Thursday when he developed a bacterial and fungi infection in his lungs and underwent surgery. On Monday, doctors treated him with antibiotics and administered drugs to control his blood pressure. On Wednesday morning,  the 71-year-old died in hospital. Maguito Vilela, the mayor of the central Brazilian city of Goiânia, died at the age of 71 on Wednesday due to lung...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro congratulated Joe Biden on Tuesday for winning the U.S. presidential election against Donald Trump. “Since delegates acknowledged that he was actually elected, we will no longer discuss whether there was a smooth election there or not," Bolsonaro said in a TV interview with Band, referring to Trump's allegations that there had been election fraud. Bolsonaro, a far-right populist who has at times embraced the nickname “Trump of the Tropics”, considered Trump to be a close ally, often posting videos of himself watching his speeches. Last month, Bolsonaro said he would wait before recognizing a Biden victory, claiming to have information that there had been “a lot of fraud” in the election process. Bolsonaro seemed ready Tuesday to work with the incoming administration. “I will be ready to work with the new government and continue to build a Brazil-USA alliance,” he said in a tweet. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated PressGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro congratulated Joe Biden on Tuesday for winning the U.S. presidential election against Donald Trump. “Since delegates acknowledged that he was actually elected, we will no longer discuss whether there was a smooth election there or not,” Bolsonaro said in a TV interview with Band, referring to Trump’s allegations that there had been election fraud. Bolsonaro, a far-right populist who has at times embraced the nickname “Trump of the Tropics”, considered Trump to be a close ally, often posting videos of himself watching his speeches. Last month, Bolsonaro said he would wait before recognizing a Biden victory, claiming to have information that there had been “a lot of fraud” in the election process. Bolsonaro seemed ready Tuesday to work with the incoming administration. “I will be ready to work with the new government and continue to build a Brazil-USA alliance,” he said in a tweet. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Protests erupted in Brazil this weekend following an incident involving security guards that left a black man dead in one of the country’s most expensive supermarkets. Conspicuous among the protests was messaging resembling that of the far-left Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Footage of the death of Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at the upscale supermarket chain Carrefour went viral on social media, sparking widespread demonstrations across the country with protesters chanting “Black Lives Matter” as well as slogans such as “murderous Carrefour.” Amid widespread anger at the supermarket chain and a plunge in its share price, Carrefour CEO Alexandre Bompard expressed his condolences to the family before ordering “a complete review of training for employees and outsourced personnel in matters of safety, respect for diversity” and “rejection of intolerance.” The protests followed months of violent riots against conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, himself the victim of an attempted assassination by a socialist during the 2018 presidential election that he won. “Anti-fascist” demonstrations that broke out in June to demand Bolsonaro’s resignation saw the burning of Brazilian flags and clashes between protesters, police, and supporters...
    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a close ally of Republican President Donald Trump and one of the few prominent world leaders still not to have congratulated Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his election win, asked on Thursday whether the vote in the U.S. was really over. Talking to supporters outside his official residence, Bolsonaro was asked what he thought of the American election result. "But has it finished, have the elections already finished?," he asked the supporter, breaking into a smile before posing for selfies. The Brazilian leader, who had vowed to be the first to congratulate Trump on his re-election, is approaching a week without passing on congratulations to Biden, who has been projected to win the majority of both the popular and electoral vote. The Brazilian leader's posture could herald a rocky start in relations with Biden, whose agenda with Brazil would likely include addressing Amazon deforestation and human rights. On Tuesday, he also took a swipe at Biden referring to him as a "candidate" and taking issue with a comment Biden said during a U.S....
    By Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA (Reuters) - Victory by Democrat Joe Biden in next week's U.S. presidential election could put the environment and human rights at the top of the country's agenda with Brazil, complicating relations with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and jeopardizing trade, diplomats and analysts say. If Biden wins Tuesday's vote, Bolsonaro would lose a diplomatic ally and find himself isolated in his approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he modeled on U.S. President Donald Trump's disregard for the gravity of the virus. The two leaders have persistently downplayed the pandemic even as their countries suffered from the world's most deadly outbreaks. Pressure from Biden to curb deforestation in the Amazon and concern for climate change would be a major departure from Trump's approach and could cause frictions with Bolsonaro, according to Mike Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington think tank that focuses on relations within the Americas. "There are people in the Democratic Party that would like to go after Bolsonaro and be very tough with him on this issue, and join forces...
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