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Brazillians Riot Over Lula's Election Win

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was declared president after winning the election by 1.8% against President Jair Bolsonaro. Since the results were announced, truckers in support of Bolsonaro have been blocking highways and roads all over Brazil.

"It's a complex operation, involving more than 75,000 kilometers (46,500 miles) of federal highways," executive director of the Federal Highway Police, Marco Antonio Territo de Barros, said.

Flights have been canceled due to blocked roads leading to Sao Paulo's Guarulhos airport. Brazilian citizens are unable to return to their homes due to the mass amount of road blocks.

Lula has been congratulated on his win by many world leaders including Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.

Lula won 13 states in the northern part of Brazil which is home to many cartels and cocaine farms. In addition, Brazilians are skeptical because of Lula’s past with financial corruption. Allegations were made against Lula saying he was involved with “several construction companies, and various Brazilian politicians to obtain secret campaign funds.”

In 2017, Lula was sentenced to 9 years in prison. In 2018 the sentence was increased by twelve years. Lula was in prison for less than two years. The Supreme Court annulled his charges because a biased judge sentenced him.

To read about Bolsonaro's response to the election results, click here.

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