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Chaotic protests have erupted across Brazil after the president’s election defeat to a leftist rival

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called on his supporters to stop blocking major roads to protest his defeat in last week’s election, saying such actions are not “legitimate protests”.

In a video message Shared on social media on Wednesday night, Bolsonaro pleaded with protesters to find other outlets for their anger after his loss to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a runoff election this weekend, suggesting truckers and others blocking the roads discredit their own cause.

“I know you’re upset… Me too.” But we have to keep our heads straight,” he said. “I am going to appeal to you: clear the highways.

Bolsonaro added that Brazil’s Federal Highway Police (PRF) were facing “huge” difficulties in trying to eliminate the demonstrators, as they are outnumbered in many places. According to the PRF, roadblocks remain at 126 different sites across Brazil, although the agency said the number had dropped since Tuesday evening. Police also said they had cleared more than 700 separate blockades in total, but noted that roads continued to be blocked in 14 of the country’s 26 states.

Congested highways led to disruptions in the distribution of fuel, food and other essentials, especially as many long-haul truckers took part in the protests. National health agency Anvisa has warned of potential shortages of medical supplies due to roadblocks, while Brazil’s oil regulator has eased some storage requirements in anticipation of shortages.

The outgoing leader went on to say that “the closure of highways in Brazil affects people’s right to come and go”, pretending it’s “is not part of the legitimate protests.He added to his followers: “Protest differently, in other places. It is very welcome, it is part of our democracy.

On Tuesday, Bolsonaro broke days of silence after his defeat at the polls, saying the protests were the result of “indignation and feeling of injustice” on the election, but did not urge his supporters to stop at the time. He has yet to publicly acknowledge his defeat, but has nevertheless authorized the transition of power.

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