Brazil

Bolsonaro’s economist takes aim at workers

Submitted by AWL on 7 March, 2019 - 11:23 Author: Luiza Xavier

Brazil’s newly-elected far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has famously admitted that he does not understand economics, but he doesn’t think that understanding is a necessary qualification for being president. He was “running a political campaign and not studying for university entrance exams”. He stated that all economic policy would come from his adviser Paulo Guedes, a free-market economist and co-founder of Brazil’s free-market think-tank, the “Millenium Institute” in Brazil. Guedes is now Minister for the Economy in the Bolsonaro administration.

Bolsonaro sets out plans

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 12:14 Author: Andressa Alegre

Many Brazilians — especially those who are (or care for the rights of) women, black people, LGBT folk, workers, or leftists — feared the coming of New Year’s Day 2019, as far-right evangelical fundamentalist Jair Bolsonaro took power as president.

“Democracy Brigades” in Brazil

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 1:52 Author: Luiza Xavier
MTST

Since the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the second round of Brazil’s presidential election on 28 October — he takes office in January — the resistance has been limited to small initiatives focused on self¬defence of LGBT individuals, or legal representation of activists. Large demonstrations such as those seen after Trump’s election in the US have not happened.

Bolsonaro's threat to Brazil

Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 10:55 Author: Alessa Alegre
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Shortly before he was elected president of Brazil on the second round (28 October), Jair Bolsonaro made clear the extent of his intolerance to political opposition, saying of his political opponents “either they go overseas, or they go to jail”.

He plans vastly to increase the powers of the militarised police, which will have a significant impact on working-class, predominantly black, communities.

Brazil: time to regroup

Submitted by cathy n on 14 November, 2018 - 7:18 Author: Interview: Andressa Alegre
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Andressa Alegre is a Brazilian socialist. She talked with Solidarity from the city of Salvador in north-east Brazil.

I kind of expected that when Bolsonaro won, we would have a reaction similar to Trump’s victory in the USA. That wasn’t what happened.

In Salvador, we went to see the election results in the place where the left usually meets up for that. It was all very sad. People were crying. But there were no demonstrations or protests on the days following. None in other cities too, that I’ve heard of.

Brazil: rising of the women

Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 10:59 Author: Hector Lopez
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Three weeks before the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections now won by the fascistic Jair Bolsonaro, some 150,000 people, the majority women, took to the streets in Brazil to declare their opposition.

In London protests against Bolsonaro have also been mainly women. They rebel against Bolsonaro’s aggressive sexism and his disregard for democracy.

Advance estimates of the second round poll on 28 October were that although Bolsonaro would win (as he did), he would be in a clear minority among women.

Women rise up against Bolsonaro

Submitted by AWL on 17 October, 2018 - 8:20 Author: Olivier Delbeke

Jair Bolsonaro [the leader in the race to be president of Brazil] is known as the man of three Bs. B for Bala, the army bullets. Jair Bolsonaro was trained in a Brazilian military school during the dictatorship. He came into politics through campaigning to increase officers’ salaries.

Threat in Brazil

Submitted by AWL on 3 October, 2018 - 9:01 Author: Martin Thomas

As we go to press, the latest polls for Brazil's presidential election on 7 October shows far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro on 31% and Fernando Haddad of the pale-pink Workers' Party on 21%. In the run-off vote on 28 October, the polls suggest Bolsonaro and Haddad head-and-head on 42%.

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