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Brazilian authorities are investigating a video of a crowd apparently giving a Nazi salute




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Brazilian authorities said they were investigating video of a rally in the Brazilian city of Sao Miguel do Oeste in which people were seen performing a “Nazi salute”.

The rally, which took place outside a military office in the city, appeared to be one of several held outside military bases on Wednesday as supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protested the results of the presidential run-off in Sunday, which saw Bolsonaro re-election bid rejected by former left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The video, which was posted to Twitter, shows a crowd of people, some wearing and others draped in the Brazilian flag, many apparently performing a Nazi salute as the Brazilian national anthem plays.

It’s unclear who posted the video and CNN has been unable to verify its authenticity.

Incitement to Nazis is a crime in Brazil. The federal prosecutor’s office in the state of Santa Catarina said in its statement that it was already working “to identify people who gave the Nazi salute at rallies that were supposed to be democratic and peaceful.”

“Once identified, a report will be produced and the information will be forwarded to the public prosecutor to hold those involved to account,” prosecutor Marcela de Jesus Fernandes said.

CNN has reached out to Bolsonaro’s office for comment.

A Brazilian Jewish organization, the Brazilian Israeli Confederation, issued a statement condemning the image as “disgusting”.

“Brazilian society cannot tolerate gestures like this. Doing this gesture while wearing the Brazilian national team jersey is also an offense to our Armed Forces, who bravely fought against Nazi forces in Europe during World War II,” the band tweeted,

In addition to Bolsonaro supporters calling for “federal intervention” outside Brazil’s military headquarters, protesters across the country have also blocked roads and highways since the election results were announced.

On Tuesday, the judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil ordered the military police to intervene to clear the roads.

On Wednesday morning – a day after Bolsonaro spoke publicly for the first time since the results were announced, saying he would respect the constitution – Brazil’s national highway police reported that there were 149 partial roadblocks remaining or totals.

Santa Catarina — a largely pro-Bolsonaro state — and Mato Grosso are among the states hardest hit by protester roadblocks.

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