Brazilian authorities are investigating a video of a crowd making an apparent Nazi salute



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Brazilian authorities say they are investigating a video of a demonstration in the Brazilian city of Sao Miguel do Oeste, in which people are seen making a “Nazi salute”.

The rally, which took place in front of a military office in the city, appeared to be one of several held outside military bases on Wednesday as supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protested the results of the second round of Sunday’s presidential vote, which saw Bolsonaro’s vote. candidacy for re-election defeated by former left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The video, which was posted on Twitter, shows a crowd of people, some carrying and others holding the Brazilian flag, with many apparently making a Nazi salute as the Brazilian national anthem plays.

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

Nazi incitement is a crime in Brazil. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Santa Catarina said in its statement that it is already working “to identify the people who made the Nazi salute during the demonstrations that were supposed to be democratic and peaceful.”

“Once identified, a report will be drawn up and the information will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for the accountability of those involved,” said prosecutor Marcela de Jesús Fernandes.

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

Brazilian authorities will investigate the video.

A Brazilian Jewish organization, the Brazilian Israeli Confederation, issued a statement condemning the image as “disgusting”.

“Brazilian society cannot tolerate gestures like this. Making this gesture with the Brazilian national team shirt is also an offense to our Armed Forces, who fought bravely against the Nazi forces in Europe during the Second World War,” the group tweeted.

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

On Tuesday, the judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil ordered the intervention of the military police in the cleaning of roads.

On Wednesday morning, a day after Bolsonaro spoke publicly for the first time since the results were announced, saying he would abide by the constitution, Brazil’s national highway police reported that 149 partial or total roadblocks remained.

Santa Catarina, a largely pro-Bolsonaro state, and Mato Grosso are among the states hardest hit by protesters’ roadblocks.

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