LETTER FROM RIO DE JANEIRO
The scene is dated November 20th. Night has fallen in Porto Alegre, the capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. In the historic centre, near the regional military headquarters, a handful of far-right demonstrators wearing Seleção (the national football team) T-shirts continue to protest against the October 30 presidential election results, in which Jair Bolsonaro was defeated in the polls by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Everyone is crying about “federal intervention”. Understand: army coup.
When suddenly they accept here intriguing behavior. The Bolsonarists place their cell phone on the skull, turn on the flashlight, and point to the sky. Everyone holds a hand in front of a stream of light, as if sending an SOS signal to the stars and their distant inhabitants. ” Guys, (…) these putschists are asking for help from aliens”commented bewildered photographer Marcelo Nunez, who posts videos of the protesters on his Facebook profile.
It immediately went viral on the web. It is a pity that the brilliant message of the demonstrators was indeed addressed to the generals of the military command of Porto Alegre: “SOS to the Martians” Where “call to ET” came to bear witness to the psychological state, which some consider alarming, of Jair Bolsonaro’s most radical supporters, who still have not left the streets for nearly a month.
In Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, some of them were filmed. pray and sometimes beg God on the knees in front of military buildings. In Paraná (south), other people sing the national anthem before one tire. Elsewhere, the Bolsonarists improvised grotesque military marches one file, running curious choreography ending with a split on the asphalt, or even licked the portrait of the outgoing president in front of TV cameras.
Verbal and physical abuse
At these carnival gatherings, the most eccentric theses circulate. In Belem (Amazon), a demonstrator tearfully regretted that the Brazilian police “bought” Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein (died 2006). Many celebrated in a big way false news about the arrest the police judge Alexandre de Moraes, a favorite of the extreme right and the president of the Supreme Electoral Court. Some also believe that Jair Bolsonaro would simply be replaced with a doppelgänger.
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