Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Striking Truckers to Stand Down on Sunday


By Leonardo Benassatto and Lisandra Paraguassu, Reuters

via U.S News & World Report - Sept. 9, 2021


SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that allied truckers protesting on highways across the country had agreed to stand down on Sunday, a move that could bring significant relief to global commodity markets.


In a live weekly broadcast on social media on Thursday evening, which occurred after the right-wing leader met with truckers leading pro-government blockades, Bolsonaro called the protesters "fantastic." But, he said, he had told them that if the protests continued past Sunday, it would bring about "extremely serious" supply shortages in Latin America's largest nation.


Stirred up by the far-right leader's call to action against the Supreme Court at political rallies Tuesday, the truck blockades gained steam on Wednesday as Bolsonaro was slow to push back against a key segment of supporters.


Bolsonaro's account appeared to contradict that of at least one leader who met with the president. Truck driver Francisco Burgardt said earlier in the day that Bolsonaro did not ask them to end the protests...