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Brazil dodges severe electoral violence, but tension will remain

Since the 2022 presidential election was called in favor of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Sunday, groups supporting President Jair Bolsonaro have been blocking highways in hundreds of locations across the country.

Consisting mostly of small groups of dozens of people in each location, the protests are anti-democratic by definition, demanding the military launch a coup to cancel the election result and keep Mr. Bolsonaro in power. Footage from a protest in Brazil’s South even showed some groups making what appeared to be Nazi salutes.

In a country as dependent on highways for cargo transportation as Brazil, blocking roads…

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