Brazil. Bolsonaro unleashes the country’s “black soul”. Lula ahead in the polls

The election campaign in Brazil formally began on Tuesday 15 August with Lula visiting the Volkswagen car plant in the industrial belt of Sao Paulo where he recalled his origins as a metalworking leader, while Bolsonaro chose to reapply for Juiz de Fora, the city of the interior of Minas Gerais where he was stabbed in 2018, a month before the elections that led him to the presidency.

But the political climate is getting heavier in the main country of Latin America.

Brazilian ultra-right president Jair Bolsonaro is using all possible means to win re-election: from the threat to ignore the election results if they are not in his favor, to a coup d’état, to a permanent bombardment of fake news by social networks and the media, to the point of unleashing a religious war by the Pentecostal government and churches to prevent the victory of former progressive president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

There will be twelve presidential candidates, including four women: Simone Tebet, of the Brazilian Democratic Movement; Vera Lúcia Salgado, of the Unified Socialist Workers Party; Soraya Thronicke, of Union Brazil; and Sofia Manzano, candidate of the Brazilian Communist Party.

However, the two big favorites are former progressive president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the Party de Trabjadores and current ultra-right and neo-Pentacostal leader Jair Bolsonaro, who kicked off a heated final campaign on Tuesday. in which the government is investing millions of dollars.

Bolsonaro’s campaign for re-election is investing in the dangerous path of what is called “Bolsonaro’s Jihad,” religious warfare, as part of the all-out war waged against former President Lula, analyst Jeferson Miola says. On Saturday 13, in Rio, Bolsonaro completed his eleventh participation of the year in the March for Jesus: an evangelical event held every 20 days.

In recent weeks, Bolsonaro has resumed his acquaintances with the most sectarian, fundamentalist and radicalized evangelical leaders. The Bolsonaro campaign has also intensified the presence of the president and his wife Michelle in ceremonies and evangelical functions, in which there is no shortage of arsonist appeals.

Bolsonaro’s participation in evangelical activities, as well as graduations and decorations for the police and military, is part of his main program. This singular presidential routine serves as a compass that signals his campaign strategy.

This week, a report was broadcast on the Radio Globo radio station on how neo-Pentecostal pastors have transformed cults into spaces of political agitation where they spread false news. The most repeated is that there will be a massive closure of churches if “communism” wins thanks to Lula.

Recent polls agree that the ultra-right president has the majority of evangelical voters with him, while Lula is winning among the Catholics.

The Quaest agency published a poll this week in which Lula has 45% of the intentions at the general level against 33% of his opponent in view of the first round on 2 October, and in the event of a ballot the former president would be elected with 51% against Bolsonaro’s 38%. But the same poll warns Bolsonaro’s growth in Rio de Janeiro

A few days ago the new head of the electoral court, Judge Alexandre de Moraes, was inaugurated, under whose jurisdiction the elections will be held in which 156 million citizens will be able to vote, a number that exceeds the populations of Mexico and Venezuela combined. But it is precisely against de Moraes that the right is mounting a demolition campaign due to a judicial investigation.

The Supreme Tribunal Federal, the highest justice body in the country, has authorized house searches and the blocking of social profiles of eight entrepreneurs close to President Jair Bolsonaro. The businessmen have been accused of praising a possible coup to thwart the eventual victory of the opposition leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the presidential elections, scheduled for October 2, based on some revelations of the online newspaper Metrópoles.

The action of the federal police against the entrepreneurs was in fact initiated after the newspaper made public a series of statements that the entrepreneurs exchanged on a Whatsapp group.

Sources: Resumen Latinoamericano, Dire agency


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