For the 32nd consecutive day, millions of Brazilians are on the streets of cities throughout the nation in perhaps the largest pro-democracy protests in history, contending left-wing presidential challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's declared victory over conservative populist President Jair Bolsonaro was fraudulent.
Brazil's Superior Electoral Court announced Tuesday that the certification ceremony of da Silva, a member of the Workers Party, will take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. The inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 1.
On Wednesday, however, Bolsonaro filed a petition with Brazil's election authorities formally contesting the results, alleging some voting machines malfunctioned and that any votes cast through them should be annulled.
A former vice president of the Regional Electoral Court, Sebastião Coelho, in a speech on Nov. 20 called for the arrest of Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandre de Moraes for pressing forward with certifying the election.
"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.
Establishment media largely have 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' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
What's clear, he said, is that the Brazilian people "don't want to be led by a convicted criminal."
Long before Bolsinaro became president, Da Silva was convicted in three separate courts of 12 charges in a unanimous vote of 19 judges, he noted.
Da Silva's judicial appointees in the Supreme Court, Tyrmand said, annulled and vacated da Silva's 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.
The judges, he said, put da Silva "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 noted the military has a special role in the Brazilian constitution giving it authority to adjudicate separation of powers disputes.
"It looks like this will be coming to a head," he said.
See a clip of Tyrmand's interview with Tucker Carlson:
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 recognize Tucker Carlson's coverage:
— Matthew Tyrmand (@MatthewTyrmand) December 1, 2022
Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, posted a video of protesters surrounding army barracks in an apparent appeal for military intervention.
See the video:
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
Katie Daviscourt, a reporter for Rebel News, 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.
Millions, meanwhile, remain in the streets in support of Bolsonaro:
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 posted a video showing 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
One of the nation's largest protests:
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
Another video questioning the strength of da Silva'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
Protesters in Rio de Janeiro:
11.30.22 Brazil .. for the thirty-first consecutive day, the Brazilian people are on the streets asking the Armed Forces for help. Protesters demand the ineligibility of candidate Lula, justice in elections and respect for the constitution. Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil pic.twitter.com/Swz2SroOku
— Fernanda MacMillan (@floresdepapel6) November 30, 2022
Protesters in São Paulo:
Brazil Fraud Elections,São Paulo City today Protests in the streets in favor of Bolsonaro 🇧🇷👊 pic.twitter.com/LxZnb4Pooq
— James.bond237 (@JBond237) November 28, 2022
See Matthew Tyrmand's interview Wednesday with "War Room":