Citizens have flooded the streets of “every city” in Brazil to protest against alleged voter fraud in the country’s recent presidential election.
As Slay News has been documenting, the shock results of the election have triggered a widespread uprising after the election was called for the notoriously corrupt socialist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Brazilians across the nation argue that challenger Lula’s apparent victory over popular incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro was fraudulent.
The protests against the election results are now entering the 33rd day.
Millions of Brazilians have joined the uprising on the streets of cities throughout the nation.
The movement is perhaps the largest pro-democracy protest in history.
Lula, a member of the socialist Workers Party, previously served as Brazil’s president before he was convicted of fraud.
In 2017, Lula was convicted on charges of money laundering, fraud, and corruption and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
He was convicted in three separate courts of 12 charges in a unanimous vote of 19 judges.
After serving just 580 days in prison, Lula was released early after his sentence was overturned on a technicality.
However, no evidence was ever produced to dispute his conviction and he was never cleared of the charges.
Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court announced Tuesday that the certification ceremony of Lula will take place at 2 p.m. on December 12.
The inauguration is scheduled for January 1.
On Wednesday, however, Bolsonaro filed a petition with Brazil’s election authorities formally contesting the results.
He alleges that some voting machines malfunctioned and that any votes cast through them should be annulled.
Bolsonaro currently has the full support of the military, which also found evidence of “security” issues and warned of “possible fraud” following an investigation.
In a speech on November 20, a former vice president of the Regional Electoral Court, Sebastião Coelho, called for the arrest of Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandre de Moraes for pressing forward with certifying the election.
De Moraes has been repeatedly accused of corruption.
“More than 80% of judges in Brazil, at first and second instances, do not agree with what the Federal Supreme Court is doing,” Coelho said.
Corporate media outlets have largely ignored the massive protests, said investigative reporter Matthew Tyrmand.
“This is the largest democratic protest in possibly human history, and the global media is crickets on this,” he said in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
What’s clear, he said, is that the Brazilian people “don’t want to be led by a convicted criminal.”
Tyrmand said Lula’s judicial appointees in the Supreme Court overturned his multiple sentences and freed him so he could run in the presidential election.
That’s despite a Brazilian law that prohibits a convicted felon from running for office.
Tyrmand said the judges put Lula “on the chessboard so they could attempt to control the outcome” of the election.
“And now the people, en masse, are crying foul,” said Tyrmand.
Even people in the districts where the socialist da Silva supposedly has strongholds, such as the Amazon, the people there are marching.
“Every city in the country is filled with protesters,” Tyrman said.
“And now the question is what is to be done when you have a judiciary that is not comprised of judges in the classical sense – impartial, nonpartisan judges – but political appointees and partisans who are working to skew an election outcome?”
Tyrman told Carlson that the military has a special role in the Brazilian constitution and has the authority to adjudicate separation of powers disputes.
“It looks like this will be coming to a head,” he said.
Thank you @TuckerCarlson for being the one major media show host who sees the import of what is going on in🇧🇷. These are the largest-scale protests in a democratic nation in human history. And the ramifications of this outcome are existentially important for Western Hemisphere. pic.twitter.com/D2MoaE3vKj
— Matthew Tyrmand (@MatthewTyrmand) November 29, 2022
Protesters in Brazil have been praising Carlson and Fox News for covering the protests.
The only global reach media outlet that has covered protests in 🇧🇷: @TuckerCarlson at @FoxNews. And it is recognized by the patriots of 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/CjTgfnLELy
— Matthew Tyrmand (@MatthewTyrmand) December 1, 2022
Meanwhile, Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, shared a video to demonstrate the determination of the protesters.
He posted a video showing protesters surrounding army barracks in an apparent appeal for military intervention.
In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, protests over the outcome of the recent presidential election results continue. Now, protesters have surround Army Barracks. Take a look:pic.twitter.com/u7ttQqfYYo
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) November 26, 2022
Many have been taking to social media to note the silence from Lula’s alleged supporters.
While millions of people have been flooding the streets in support of Bolsonaro, nothing has been heard those who supposedly voted for Lula.
Rebel News reporter Katie Daviscourt tweeted that the “biggest question about the protests in Brazil is where are President-elect Lula’s supporters?”
“Leftists are known for counter protesting, but there hasn’t been one video supporting Lula,” she wrote in the caption of a video highlighting the scale of Bolsanaro’s support.
The biggest question about the protests in Brazil is where are President-elect Lula’s supporters? Leftists are known for counter protesting but there hasn’t been one video supporting Lula.
However, millions remain in the streets in support of Bolsonaro. pic.twitter.com/44Ac8BKARY
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) November 29, 2022
Hanke also shared a video that appears to show ballots with Bolsonaro’s name in the trash:
Protests over the outcome of Brazil's recent presidential election continue unabated. Protesters are ENRAGED. What has them exercised? Ballots with defeated Jair Bolsonaro's name on them were found in the trash. Take a look:pic.twitter.com/pFsl3S2t2o
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) November 24, 2022
Videos are also emerging on social media that show millions of people protesting in the streets.
Hey Melbourne cookers, this is how you protest.
This is called a crowd and they manage to hold a tune.
🇧🇷 Brazil Protests Against the Electionpic.twitter.com/N1E9qgalqP
— AusPolMate Researched threads, tweets & videos (@AusPolMate) November 20, 2022
Numerous Twitter users have been questioning the strength of Lula’s support:
🇧🇷Brazil – HOLD THE LINE
Protests continue over Election Fraud
Lula's supporters EXIST ONLY VIRTUALLY
It is a mystery why Brazilians have never seen Lula's supposed 50 millions of supporters, who appear only inside voting machines but never on the streets. Are they even real? pic.twitter.com/tI0cqmYmGy
— Sergeant News Network (@Sgtnewsnetwork) November 27, 2022