Far-Right Candidate Almost Wins Brazilian Presidential Election, Leads to Runoff

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro almost won the presidential election in Brazil. Anti-Bolsonaro protesters rallied in São Paulo and in other cities, proclaiming, “Not Him.” The extreme-right candidate leads with 46 percent of the vote, heading into a runoff election on the 18th of October against the Worker’s Party candidate who trailed with 30 percent of the vote.

The long time right wing fringe candidate Jair Bolsonaro once told a female lawmaker she was too ugly to rape. Bolsonaro supports the military dictatorship and has a history of being racist, misogynistic and homophobic. He has encouraged police to murder suspected drug dealers. He has advocated that mainstream Brazilian politicians be killed. He has what he calls a “carte blanche” approach to dealing with crime, giving police free reign to unleash violence and indiscriminately murder anyone.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, the President from 2003 to 2011, had been leading all polls until he was quickly imprisoned to prevent his candidacy and to silence him in the media.

 

Photo: "military police against innocent citizens in São Paulo, Brazil." by dfactory is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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