The pro-Bolsonaro Brazilian military has taken out top leaders of the Red Command drug cartel which had heavily supported Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the recent election.
Analysts say this is the first step in a federal military intervention of the country over a disputed election seeking to install Silva as Brazil’s president after a pro-Silva court refused to allow the military to audit the election results as required by law.
“The official declaration of Article 142, which allows the military to intervene in the case of a conflict between the branches of government, is expected this week,” according to the Gateway Pundit. “Soldiers were seen joining the protestors and instructing them to remain calm when action comes.”
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“Drivers cheered military convoys deploying to strategic locations throughout the country.”
According to reports, Silva is heavily reliant on Red Command for his political support, especially after hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest the election results.
The Military Deputy Prosecutor General said the Ministry of Defense wasn’t properly allowed to properly inspect the electronic voting system in Brazil’s presidential election.
This led to the military considering to enact Article 142 against the pro-Silva Superior Electoral Court which was trying to quickly certify the election to install Silva as president.
“Three separate reports have found that the elections could not be verified, since many of the voting machines cannot be audited,” The Gateway Pundit stated. “The military audit required by law could not be completed because the pro-Lula Electoral Court refuses to turn over the source code of the machines.”