The stoppage of truckers in Brazil met this Monday eight days and government of President Michel fear has difficulties in answering most basic questions: is strike losing strength? is Brazil returning to normal? With contradictory numbers and little clarity about scope of movement more than a week after its inception, Fear said it had "conviction" that strike was coming to an end.
After accepting some of demands of strikers this Sunday, including a reduction of 46 cents of real (just over 12 cents of euro) in liter of diesel, spokesmen of Palace of Planalto ( seat of executive) announced that negotiations were concluded. But during Monday reality ended up imposing: according to police Rodoviaria Federal (Police corps charged with national roads) re were almost 600 blockades in country. The Director general of corporation has highlighted that "no total blockades of tracks are recorded, but points of agglomeration of trucks", in areas of rest. The two largest cities of South American country, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, lived on Monday a routine more typical of a holiday, less frequent public transport, low traffic and hospitals that operated in half gas. A situation that will take a long time to normalize.
On Monday, truckers who were on strike added new and vague demands on movement, including removal of fear and a clamor for "military intervention." "We have illusion that someone from army takes care of country. It's not just about price of diesel or toll, it's a political issue. We hope that some colonel will understand and take care of country, "says Álvaro Neto, a 37-year-old mechanic who went to one of blockades in state of São Paulo to support strike. Manuel Edgar, a 64-year-old bus driver, has a similar opinion. "We may suffer with this [a military Gobieno], but we are in a situation where we no longer have to flee."
Although request for illegal return of military to power is not unanimous among strikers, in streets of country it is evident a lack of interest in elections of October, discredit almost total of Brazilian politicians and feeling that Mov Constipation started by truckers came into anor dimension. The strike has support of population, but this accolade seems to be more related to general discontent against executive than to fuel prices.
The real scope of dangerous clamor for return of military to power — a demand that generates worst memories in a country that lived under yoke of generals between 1964 and 1985 — is not yet known. Questioned in this respect, general Joaquim Silva E Luna, minister in defense functions, avoided criticizing requirement. "The manifestation of will is free. We are in a democratic country and people can express ir interests according to what y want. "
Luna was not only one to deal with subject. The president of Brazilian Truckers Association, José da Fonseca, has criticized strikers who defend "military intervention", which crossed of "infiltrators". "I have learned that interventionists were involved, but we are working to try to avoid political use of our movement."
The more than 500 blockades on country's freeways that remained active this Monday are an open challenge to administration of fear and a sign that citizens of country will continue to running into, at least for next few days, with destocked supermarkets. Also facing gigantic tails to buy a few liters of fuel. The resistance of strike movement is also a bad news for oil giant Petrobras, whose actions plummeted on Monday in more than 14% in São Paulo stock Exchange as a result of crisis. And political whirlwind in Brazil promises to intensify next few days: on Facebook, most shared news is about a tanker strike that is convened for Wednesday.
With information from Fernanda Becker