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Judi Lynn

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Tue Nov 1, 2022, 03:08 AM Nov 2022

Brazilian Highway Police Allegedly Blocked Lula Voters During Eve Of Country's Presidential Election

Brazilian Highway Police Allegedly Blocked Lula Voters During Eve Of Country's Presidential Elections: Report
Elle Yap / Oct 31 2022, 11:27PM EDT

The Federal Highway Police of Brazil is being accused of blocking voters of the new President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday in the Northeast region of Brazil, as the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has asked for an explanation for their actions.

Many officials, activists, and voters have reportedly complained about the biased nature of the Federal Highway Police in areas that support Lula, with federal deputy Paulo Teixeira of the Workers’ Party claiming that the Federal Police and Highway Police are both interfering with the election, according to Brasil de Fato.

Illegal roadblocks were reportedly put up by the Highway Police in the Northeastern parts of Brazil, allegedly as a way of consolidating the vote to give Jair Bolsonaro a better chance of winning, as surveys before the election showed him lagging behind Lula in those territories, Reuters reported.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal had previously ordered the Highway Police to take down the roadblocks before the elections.


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