By Matthew Tyrmand, Journalist
(Opinion) You can read in mainstream newspapers everywhere that the military in Brazil found no signs of electoral fraud in the presidential election and that the election, in which leftist Lula da Silva won by a razor-thin margin, was legitimate.
But people do not agree.
What Brazil is experiencing right now is the biggest popular uprising I have ever seen in my lifetime. It is historically comparable to the fall of communism in Europe in the late 80s and early 90s.
There have never been street protests on this scale anywhere in the world. We’re not just talking millions; we’re talking 8 figures, tens of millions.
Brazil has a population of just over 210 million.
The Defense Ministry’s audit of the electronic ballot boxes said on its 65 pages, “We believe there are certain things that we were not allowed to audit that look potentially fraudulent.”
They didn’t say it was a fraud because the Superior Electoral Court, TSE, prevented them from doing a proper audit.
TSE has denied the armed forces access to the equipment
TSE has denied the armed forces access to certain data
TSE has denied the armed forces access to source codes
The TSE is a subsidiary court of the Brazilian Supreme Court STF. And not coincidentally, it was headed by the same figure, Alexandre de Moraes, who is the public enemy No. 1 for liberals in Brazil, left and right.
Moraes behaves like a judicial tyrant, dictating legislation and/or the judiciary. He puts journalists in jail and changes laws, even though the STF does not have the legal right to do so.
And the Brazilian Constitution, of which the STF is supposed to be the arbiter, explicitly states that if there is a dispute over the separation of powers, as is now developing as the judiciary censors members of the legislative and executive branches, the military must arbitrate that dispute.
Under the Brazilian Constitution, it is also the military’s responsibility to review elections when fraud and irregularities are suspected.
Meanwhile, the TSE prevented the military from auditing, and now the STF openly discusses the need to arrest the defense minister.
They are doing this because they know that the military is on the side of the people. People are protesting in front of military barracks for a reason.
The military should be THE force that comes and decides this conflict.
We are in Latin America, and the military has been involved in governments since the 60s and 70s.
Brazil has been free of military rule for a long time, but given the constitutional rights granted to the military, one will probably be necessary if other tyrannies emerge.
Things get very, very heated.
On Nov. 15, millions of people took to the streets. Even in cities like Recife in the north, a historic stronghold of the left, where Lula da Silva is expected to do very well.
But even there, people feel disenfranchised because some of the counts in provincial districts and electoral administrative zones have shown that there were ZERO votes for Bolsonaro.
And there are thousands of videos on the Internet of people from those districts saying, “No, no, I voted for Bolsonaro.”
I think all of this will end with some kind of martial law, with the military stepping in and imposing measures on the out-of-control Supreme Court.
You can download the video here.