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Highway Police underestimated risk of blockades following Election Day

New documents show the Highway Police failed to foresee and plan for post-election demonstrations by disgruntled Bolsonaro supporters, raising questions about the corporation’s efficiency and integrity

Police underestimated risk blockades Election
Pro-Bolsonaro supporters blocking a highway near Unaí, in Minas Gerais. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

Over a week after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the presidential election against President Jair Bolsonaro, supporters of the incumbent continue to refuse to accept the results. In the days that followed the election, pro-Bolsonaro demonstrators blocked roadways in hundreds of spots — trying to strangle the country’s supply chains while urging the military to stage a coup.

By November 8, just three blockades remained in Mato Grosso, a Center-Western state, and one in Paraná, in the South. But in big urban centers, thousands of protesters have gathered in front of garrisons to call for a military coup. As

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