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  1. Gezza

     /  8th October 2018

    Brazil Election
    Aljazeera has been reporting on the election underway in Brazil, where the population is being said to be sick of corruption & crime. Along with a new president, Brazilians will be choosing governors, senators and other legislators – and the race leader at the moment is a man described as homophobic, misogynistic, racist and fascist who was entitled under their rules to 8 minutes of election campaigning and has therefore campaigned mainly on Snapchat.

    Another Strong Man national leader on the rise.?
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Brazilians are heading to the polls in what has been a bitterly polarised and turbulent election that has included an assassination attempt of one candidate, another leading the race from a jail cell, mass protests and endless waves of fake news.

    It comes amid a backdrop of high-profile corruption scandals, rising violence and recession; a far cry from Brazil’s last elections in 2014 when the country had just hosted a successful World Cup, was removed from the United Nations hunger map and unemployment was at a record low.

    Leading the polls is Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right former army captain whose disparaging comments about homosexuals, women and minorities disgust many voters but whose chauvinism, political incorrectness and tough on crime posture appeals to many others.

    In 2017, there were nearly 64,000 murders in Brazil, the vast majority of which remain unsolved and public security is one of the major concerns going in to this election.

    Outside a polling station in Copacabana, Rio de Janiero, Jose Wilson Sales Avila Filho said he was backing Bolsonaro because of his pledge to tackle Brazil’s security crisis.

    “What he understands is that criminals are criminals and good people are good people, there’s no middle ground there and there should be no leniency for bad people,” said Filho, 37, a businessman at a factory that makes dairy products.

    “He’s honest, he’s not corrupt and he values religion and good people,” he said of Bolsonaro, who has a large following among Brazil’s Evangelical Christian community and who enjoys support by powerful Evangelical leaders and politicians.
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  2. Blazer

     /  8th October 2018


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