Fotografía de archivo en la que se registró a un escuadrón de policías brasileños (i) al intentar dispersar una manifestación de seguidores del expresidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, en Brasilia (Brasil). EFE/André Borges

São Paulo, Nov 15 (EFE).- Hundreds of followers of former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022) demonstrated this Wednesday in several cities in Brazil to protest against the current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The call, launched by a dozen conservative organizations on the day of the Proclamation of the Republic, was intended to be a show of muscle, but it only mobilized a few hundred people wrapped in Brazilian flags in places like São Paulo and Brasilia.

Bolsonaro, who has been disqualified by the electoral justice system for the next eight years and has more judicial fronts open, did not play an active role in the protests this Wednesday.

During the demonstrations, the typical harangues of the Brazilian right were heard, against abortion and in favor of “freedom” and the privatization of state companies.

There were those who called for Lula’s impeachment by Congress, as already happened with Dilma Rousseff, ousted in 2016 by a coalition of right-wing parties.

Deputy Luiz Philippe of Orléans e Bragança, from the same political formation as Bolsonaro and a member of the former Brazilian royal family, posted a video on social networks from Paulista Avenue in which he calls to “return to the streets” against a Government that is “completely misgoverned.”

However, the participation numbers are far from those seen after the presidential elections a little over a year ago, when thousands of Bolsonaro supporters took to the streets to demand that the Army prevent Lula from taking office.

The tension reached its peak on January 8 with the violent invasion of the headquarters of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Executive in Brasilia.

The mobilization of the Bolsonaro supporters has lost steam since then, after the Supreme Court issued prison sentences against some of the participants in that invasion for an attempted coup d’état.

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