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Bolsonaro Calls on Supporters to Demostrate as Campaign Stalls

  • He seeks show of support at Brazil Indepence Day celebrations
  • President no longer closing the gap with front-runner Lula
Barricades placed by police ahead of expected Sept. 7 demonstrations in Brasilia.
Barricades placed by police ahead of expected Sept. 7 demonstrations in Brasilia.

President Jair Bolsonaro called on his followers to take to the streets during Brazil’s Independence Day celebrations, betting on a large show of popular support to boost his stagnated re-election campaign less than a month before the vote.

With investors monitoring Sept. 7 demonstrations as a gauge of potential post-election turmoil, the right-wing president said on Tuesday that peaceful events will take place across the country even as he continued to fan the flames against the nation’s top court and electoral authorities.