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.
Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 1:52
Author: Luiza Xavier
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.
Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 10:55
Author: Alessa Alegre
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.
Submitted by cathy n on 14 November, 2018 - 7:18
Author: Interview: Andressa Alegre
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.
Submitted by AWL on 7 November, 2018 - 11:54
Author: Kelly Rogers
The left and the labour movement, feminists and LGBTQ people, are on the defensive after the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president on 28 October 2018. Bolsonaro takes office on 1 January, but already the right wing are energised.
Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 10:59
Author: Hector Lopez
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.
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.
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%.
Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 11:18
Author: Pablo Velasco
Marielle Franco, the Brazilian socialist feminist and LGBT activist, was brutally gunned down in Rio de Janeiro in March this year.
Franco was a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), a revolutionary split from the Workers’ Party (PT). She was an outspoken critic of police brutality and the Brazilian president’s use of the army to intervene in the favelas of the city.
Franco’s death has been attributed to gangs, but many suspect it was an extra-judicial killing by militias closely linked to the state.