Brazilian army officers have been playing an increasing role the building of far-right Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s platform. Three generals are now working on his economic and infrastructure plans: Oswaldo Ferreira, Augusto Heleno, and Aléssio Ribeiro Souto.
Jair Bolsonaro’s rapid rise to become front-runner in Brazil’s Presidential election is being accompanied by a wave of violence. His far right supporters have brutally attacked the left, women, Black people, LGBT people and journalists. If Bolsonaro wins the Presidency on Sunday 28 October – as Brazil’s leading pollsters are currently predicting - the situation facing the left, the labour movement, the working class and the oppressed in Brazil will be extremely dangerous. It is therefore vital that the working class movement and all those supporting democracy outside Brazil are fully aware of the full extent of the wave of violence Bolsonaro’s supporters are unleashing and which his entire campaign encourages. The events described below are simply a small part of the violence unfolding in Brazil.
Prominent US Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken out against the threat posed to human rights and democracy in the event that Jair Bolsonaro, the far right frontrunner in the race to be the next President of Brazil, wins in the second round of voting on Sunday 28 October. Sanders also reiterated his support for Brazil’s … Continue reading #EleNao to Bolsonaro and #LulaLivre – says Bernie Sanders
The ominous prospect of the far right extremist Jair Bolsonaro becoming the next President of Brazil has sent shockwaves across the world. The rise of Bolsonaro is part of an international trend which is supported, directed and advised by a professional movement that is promoting the growth of the far right across the world – particularly in the US and Europe. One of the key leaders of this movement, and the most prominent, is Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to the US President Donald Trump.
Jair Bolsonaro’s strong lead in the first round of the Presidential election in Brazil is a major blow to the progressive left in Latin America and a boost to all reactionary forces in the region.