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Brazilian authorities investigate video showing crowd saluting Nazi

Brazilian authorities investigate video showing crowd saluting Nazi

(CNN) — Brazilian authorities said they were investigating a video of a demonstration in the city of So Miguel do Oste in which people were seen performing a “Nazi salute”.

The demonstration in front of a military barracks in the city appears to be one of several events held this Wednesday around the country’s military barracks where supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro have come to protest the results of the second round. President. Bolsonaro lost his bid for re-election to leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The video, which was posted to Twitter, shows a crowd of people, some carrying the flag of Brazil and others clad in what appears to be a Nazi salute while playing the national anthem.

It is unclear who posted the video and CNN has not been able to verify its authenticity.

In Brazil inciting the Nazis is considered a crime. The federal prosecutor for Santa Catarina state said in its statement that it was already working to “identify those who gave the Nazi salute during rallies that were considered democratic and peaceful.”

“Once identified, a report will be prepared and the information will be sent to the public ministry for the accountability of those involved,” said prosecutor Marcela de Jess Fernandes.

CNN has reached out to Bolsonaro’s office for comment.

Brazilian Authorities Investigate Video Showing Crowd Saluting Nazi

Brazilian authorities will investigate the video. @CentralEleicoes/Twitter

The Brazilian-Israeli Confederation, a Brazilian Jewish organization, issued a statement The image is called “disgusting”.

“Brazilian society cannot tolerate such gestures. This gesture with the shirt of the Brazilian team is also a crime against our Armed Forces, who fought valiantly against Nazi forces in Europe during World War II,” the organization tweeted.

In addition to Bolsonaro supporters calling for “federal intervention” in front of Brazil’s military headquarters, protesters across the country have also blocked roads and highways since the election results were announced.

On Tuesday, a Brazilian Supreme Court judge ordered military police to intervene to clear the streets.

On Wednesday – a day after Bolsonaro spoke publicly for the first time since the results were announced and said he would abide by the constitution – Brazil’s National Highway Police reported that 149 partial or total roadblocks remained.

Santa Catarina – a state that largely supports Bolsonaro – and Mato Grosso are among the areas most affected by the protestors’ roadblocks.

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