Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on first day in power

by Mauricio Savarese

People’s’ World | January 03, 2019

SAO PAULO (AP)—Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves, and the LGBTQ community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation.

Sao Paulo’s stock market, meanwhile, jumped 3.56 percent to a record closing of 91,012 points as new Cabinet ministers reinforced the intent to privatize state-owned companies and a Brazilian arms maker benefited from Bolsonaro’s plans to loosen gun controls. Similar spikes in stock prices also occurred during the presidential campaign.

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Brazil: Trade unions and environmental groups pledge to stand up to Bolsonaro

Morning Star | December 30, 2018

ALMOST 50 US-based groups have warned that Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro poses a serious threat to democracy ahead of his inauguration on Tuesday as they pledge to oppose his “hateful rhetoric.”

An open letter signed by trade unions, environmental groups, human rights organisations and academics vowed to support “courageous groups in Brazil” who are standing up for democracy, human rights and the environment.Read More »

The defeat of democracy in Brazil

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Granma | November 20, 2018

Photo: TELESUR

In 1933, Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany through the democratic vote. In 2018 – 85 years after the electoral victory of the Nazi leader – former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with 57.5 million votes from an electorate of 147 million. His rival, professor Fernando Haddad, secured 47 million votes. There were 31.3 million abstentions, 8.6 million null votes, and 2.4 million blank ballots. Consequently, 89.3 million Brazilians did not vote for Bolsonaro.Read More »

Brazilian Communists rally to defend democracy after Bolsonaro win

by Steve Sweeney

People’s World | October 31, 2018

Brazilian Communists rally to defend democracy after Bolsonaro win

A girl stands next to a banner of the Communist Party of Brazil at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. | Mauro Pimentel / AP

Brazilian Communists called for a broad unity to defend democracy following Sunday’s election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as the country’s president.

The Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) warned of a new political period in Brazil, with Bolsonaro’s presidency marking a threat to democracy and the rights of the people.Read More »

Brazil shifts right; Bolsonaro pledges to eliminate “the reds”

by Emile Schepers

People’s World | October 30, 2018

Brazil shifts right; Bolsonaro pledges to eliminate “the reds”

Supporters of Workers’ Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad embrace in disappointment after rival Jair Bolsonaro was declared the winner in the presidential runoff election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 28. Bolsonaro, who cast himself as a political outsider despite a 27-year career in Congress, is the latest of several leaders around the globe to gain prominence by mixing violent talk with hard-right positions. | Nelson Antoine / AP

As expected, ultra-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party won Sunday’s second-round presidential elections in Brazil, with 55.1 percent of the vote over his rival, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party’s 44.8 percent. The implications of this win for Brazil, for all of Latin America, and the world beyond are extremely ominous.

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Brazil: MST Camp Attacked by Bolsonaro Supporters

teleSUR | October 30, 2018

Members of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) during a protest.

Members of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) during a protest. | Photo: EFE
The community fears more attacks after far-right Bolsonaro won last Sunday’s elections.

A Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) camp was burned down by a group of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro supporters in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, southern Brazil.

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Brazil: Big business—as a class—will put dollars over democracy every time

by Kevin Ovenden

People’s World | October 19, 2018

Big business—as a class—will put dollars over democracy every time

If Bolsonaro ascends to the Brazilian presidency, the danger of Latin America shifting further toward another right-wing era of strongmen increases. Here, a Brazilian soldier stands next to a mural depicting a dove of peace at the Lins Complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro, where the military took control of all security. | Leo Correa / AP

The advance of the extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the first round of the Brazilian presidential election confirms the global threat of the growth of authoritarian reaction. With nearly 50 million votes, 46 percent, it will take an enormous upset for the center-left Workers Party candidate to defeat him in the runoff in two weeks’ time.

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