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  1. https://abcnews.go.com/International/brazilian-presidential-elections-trump-candidate-womens-votes/story?id=58313975 In Brazilian presidential elections, Trump-like candidate gets women's votes By AICHA EL HAMMAR CASTANO Oct 5, 2018, 4:05 PM ET Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), speaks during the second presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Rede TV television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 17, 2018. The Portuguese words for “not him” and “yes him” have been on many Brazilian womens’ lips over the past few weeks. They’re referring to Jair Bolsonaro, a candidate for the far-right Social Liberal Party who is also the presidential front-runner, and whether they support or oppose him, one thing is clear: they are all very passionate. So passionate, in fact, that tens of thousands of people — mostly women — took to the streets last weekend in different cities across the country to express their views on his candidacy. "I am here protesting [against him], but I can see Bolsonaro winning. I don't have any illusions" Gabriela, a graphic designer from Rio de Janeiro, told ABC News. She asked that her last name not be disclosed. For those who oppose him, the reasons are clear. Bolsonaro is often compared to U.S. President Donald Trump for sexist comments that he’s made throughout the years, including one caught on camera that he made as a congressman to Congresswoman Maria do Rosario in 2003. “I would never rape you because you don’t deserve it,” he said. Eleven years later, after giving a speech for International Day of Human Rights in 2014, where she condemned human rights violations committed during the U.S.-backed military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985, Bolsonaro repeated his comment. “I am just hoping women can have peace and feel secure in Brazilian society,” Gabriela said. “Women need to feel valued as well. I am afraid if Bolsonaro wins we will be in danger and violence against women will increase." Yet, Bolsonaro’s comments don’t seem to discourage women in Brazil from planning to vote for him. In fact, a growing number of women believe Bolsonaro will bring real change and say that his power to do so is “unique.” “Brazil is going through an important crisis,” Nailma Bispo, who lives in the eastern city of Ilheus and works in business development, told ABC News. “It’s time to put our own house in order and Jair Bolsonaro is the only candidate who has never been mentioned in the anti-corruption operation Car Wash,” she added, referring to an ongoing criminal investigation that has implicated oil and construction executives, politicians, congressmen, and four former presidents — including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is serving 12 years for accepting favors. Bispo has been actively working to support her candidate on social media by sharing as much information about the candidate as possible. “I don’t see him as sexist,” she said. “I think the congresswoman was impolite with him and accused him of being a rapist. I think any head of a family would have been upset by something like this.” Bolsonaro is in a good position to become the next president of Brazil, according to polls. In first-round voting, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, he is expected to hold 31 percent of the vote, compared to 17 percent for the Workers’ Party Fernando Haddad. Based on those numbers, there will likely be a second round of voting to decide between the two candidates who receive the most votes. If that is the case, the future Brazilian president will be determined on Oct. 28.
  2. Brazil's government has set the favelas and middle classes against each other A year of frustrated protest against an intransigent government has released a wave of pent-up inter-community violence Nicole Froio theguardian.com Saturday 8 February 2014 06.59 EST 'The attempt to raise bus fares has acted as a reminder that, since last year's protests, things have got worse, not better.' Photograph: Agencia Estado/Rex In Brazil there is a saying: "A good thief is a dead thief." These words have never been more relevant in today's Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free. The last week has been full of violent acts in Rio de Janeiro. Once again, police and protesters clashed during a protest in the centre of the city. A few days earlier a teenage boy was beaten, stripped naked and tied to a lamp post by a group of vigilantes for allegedly mugging people in the street. A video of a white man pre-emptively accusing a black, poorly dressed youth of intent to mug him has gone viral. All Brazilians, black and white, rich and poor, are terrified of the aggressive atmosphere. The confrontations are no longer people versus authority; they have become people versus people. And senior media figures have backed the vigilantes taking justice into their own hands. This week Rachel Scheherazade, the SBT news anchor, said their actions were "understandable", and that if people were pro-human rights they should "do Brazil a favour and adopt a thief". She made these declarations on national primetime TV. To many, the statistics justify the violent backlash: between 2007 and 2013 more than 33,000 people were murdered in Rio, 1,070 as a consequence of being mugged. Even more frighteningly, 5,412 people died in conflicts with the police. As the government focuses on the World Cup to please the international community, it neglects the people even more than usual, and things are bound to get worse. Brazil is already the fourth most unequal country in Latin America(according to the United Nations). The recent crime waves, in particular in the Rio neighbourhood of Flamengo, where the black teenager was attacked, are a direct result of the population's rage that flared up last June. The government's attempt to raise bus fares once again has acted as a reminder that, since last year's protests, things have got worse, not better. Perhaps people have realised that protesting takes them nowhere, except for gaining short-term change. The government is sending a clear message: we will do whatever we like and your protests can't stop us. This message has become dangerous because people now feel entitled to steal, to use violence and to torture any perpetrators the police fail to arrest. And there will always be innocent people who suffer. On Thursday, a cameraman was hit in the head by an explosive, allegedly a police bomb, after a protest turned violent. He is in a coma. The war is high income versus low income. While people from the favelas are driven to crime because of their lack of opportunities, middle class people become increasingly scared of violence and concerned for their security. Rage against the government is turning the population against each other and, despite Rio's glorious sunshine, the atmosphere is of fear and sadness for a city of such potential. Ultimately, though support for torture and violence is horrifying, the social problems in Brazil are much deeper than vigilantes doing what they think is right. It is not a simple matter of killing a criminal because he is inherently evil; hundreds of years of oppression, racism and government neglect cannot be glossed over with a simple decision not to raise bus fares.
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