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Lula criticizes Bolsonaro’s use of the bicentennial for political purposes

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Lula criticizes Bolsonaro's use of the bicentennial for political purposes

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said in a video posted on social media on Wednesday that as head of state, he never took political advantage of September 7, Brazil’s independence day.

“As President of the Republic, I had the opportunity in 2006 and 2010 during the elections, and we never used Fatherland Day, the Day of the Brazilian People, the greatest day of our country thanks to independence, as a political campaign tool,” said the candidate, who was in the lead in all polls.

Lula da Silva accused the incumbent of trying to “attack” him instead of talking about the social and economic problems facing the Brazilian people.

Bolsonaro “had to explain how the family raised 26 million reais. [cerca de cinco milhões de euros] in cash to purchase 51 properties,” he added.

A few minutes earlier, fellow presidential candidate in Brazil Ciro Gomez criticized the head of state.

“Bolsonaro has turned September 7, the 200th anniversary of independence, into the most shameless election rally ever held in this country,” the third-place winner in the polls (9%) in the October 2 elections wrote on Twitter.

“There were other serious political, institutional and moral wrongdoings. The Brazilians are demanding a lawsuit!” Siro Gomes condemned.

Brasília and Rio de Janeiro are today the scene of the largest parades to mark the bicentenary of independence, which in practice turned into a political rally by Jair Bolsonaro, less than a month before the presidential elections.

Since Bolsonaro took office, a day that once belonged to all Brazilians has become a celebration of the political strength of the right-wing conservatives. The Brazilian flag and the Canariña jersey of the Brazilian football team have also become symbols of Bolsonaris.

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After the civil-military parade to commemorate the bicentenary of independence in Brasilia, Bolsonaro, along with his wife Michel, crossed the Esplanada dos Ministerios and approached the electric trio, an impromptu stage, to address the thousands of supporters who were waiting for him. his.

“This is a fight between good and evil, an evil that has lasted 14 years in our country,” he said, referring to the governments of Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff (Workers’ Party).

“They won’t come back,” he exclaimed to the delight of thousands of supporters who sang one of the classic anti-Lula songs: “Lula, thief, your place is in prison.”

Seeing the Esplanada dos Ministérios covered in “green and yellow”, Bolsonaro said he had doubts about the polls that placed him in second place in the presidential race.

Despite the strong speech, Bolsonaro this time did not question the electoral system or attack the judges, as analysts quoted in the local press had already anticipated, who said they thought the current president’s tone would be even softer. to lower the rejection rate, which is 52% less than a month before his selective “clash” with Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro then traveled to Rio de Janeiro to join the gatherings and asked to be voted on in his speech on Copacabana Beach during an action that combined electoral propaganda with celebrations of the country’s bicentennial of independence.

“I’m not very polite, I swear, but I’m not a thief,” the head of state stressed, referring to his main opponent in the presidential race.

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Polls released in Brazil show Lula da Silva leading the presidential race with more than 44% of the intention to vote, followed by Bolsonaro, who currently has more than 30% support.

The head of the Portuguese state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, watched the civil-military parade on September 7 on the Esplanade dos Ministerios, right in the center of the stands, next to Bolsonaro.

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Brazil: Lula voted his political birth and kissed the ballot – Atualidade

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The leader in voting intent polls, Lula da Silva, was accompanied by his vice presidential candidate Geraldo Alkmin, his wife, pollster Rosangela da Silva, PT president Glasey Hoffmann, and PT’s São Paulo government candidate Fernando. Haddad.

After the vote, the candidate from the Workers’ Party (PT) kissed the ballot and left the room.

With “odds” of winning the first round, Lula da Silva has between 50% and 51% of voting intentions, according to polls released on Saturday by DataFolha and Ipec respectively, followed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with 36 votes. , % and 37% of voting intentions, Siro Gomes (5% and 5%, in both polls) and Simona Tebet (6% and 5%).

Unlike previous elections, all polling stations opened at 08:00 in Brasilia (12:00 in Lisbon), in a peculiar subordination of all polling stations to the time zone of the Brazilian capital.

More than 156 million voters will be able to vote until 17:00 in Brasilia (21:00 in Lisbon) using 577,125 electronic voting machines located in 5,570 cities across the country.

In addition to Lula da Silva and Bolsonaro, candidates in the Brazilian presidential elections are Ciro Gomes, Simone Tebet, Luis Felipe D’Avila, Soraya Tronicke, Eimael, father Kelmon, Leonardo Pericles, Sofia Manzano and Vera Lucia.

If no presidential candidate receives more than 50% of the valid votes, the top two voters will face each other again in a second round on 30 October.

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Elections are taking place in an unprecedented atmosphere of fear and political violence – 01.10.2022 – Poder

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Brazilians go to the polls this Sunday (2) in an unprecedented atmosphere of fear and violence in a presidential election. From assassinations of voters to threats to candidates, the controversy has replicated a pattern previously seen in municipal elections and signaled that political polarization had reached a new level.

“We have never reached such elections. In general, you see more violence in municipal elections, candidates for councilors. Beyond the violence against candidates, what’s new is this wave of gratuitous violence and intolerance of dissent,” says the CEO. from the Sous da Paz Institute, Carolina Ricardo.

Even before the official start of the campaign, cases of aggression were already accumulating. In July, a Bolsonarist police officer broke into a birthday party and shot and killed a PT gunman in Foz do Iguacu (PN).

That same month, a walk with Marcelo Freixo (PSB), a candidate for the RJ government, was abandoned after armed supporters of Bolsonarist state deputy Rodrigo Amorim (PTB) issued threats.

Fear of violence prompted the Federal Police to create the largest security scheme in history to protect presidential candidates. Lula’s campaign has even canceled travel, revised the structure of rallies and outlined a plan to prevent supporters from voting for fear of aggression.

“There were cases in Foz do Iguacu, Mato Grosso, Ceara, Santa Catarina. These are people who have not been at the center of the political debate,” says sociologist David Marquez, project coordinator for the Brazilian Public Security Forum. “People are now afraid to go out in a T-shirt, stick a sticker on a car, put a brooch in a backpack. They are afraid of being threatened or being drawn into conflict.”

In early September, a supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) admitted to stabbing a colleague in Mato Grosso following a political dispute in which the victim was defending Lula.

In September, a PT supporter in Santa Catarina killed, also stabbed, a man wearing a shirt that mentioned Bolsonaro. Police are investigating if there was a political motivation.

Last Thursday (29) in Brasilia, the car and house of Bolsonaro’s ex-wife, district candidate Ana Cristina Valle (PP-DF) were vandalized. She and her son, Jair Renan Bolsonaro, posted short videos of the incident on social media and offered political motivations for the attack.

A survey conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forum in partnership with the Political Action Network for Resilience and commissioned by the Datafolha Institute found that 67.5% of respondents fear physical attack because of their political or party choice.

The fears of voters are shared by politicians. About 50 candidates have recently suffered some form of political violence and are in need of assistance or special security measures, according to PSOL — an acronym for adviser Marielle Franco, who was killed in 2018 as a result of an unsolved crime.

Civil society organizations Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos have been monitoring cases of political violence in Brazil since 2016. Justiça Global general coordinator Sandra Carvalho says she fears that fear of violence is intimidating candidates from already minority groups in politics, such as women and blacks, stressing that numbers have begun to point to an upward trend in 2019.

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“Political violence is repeated in the history of the country, but we are already seeing an intensification of the campaign to elect the incumbent president. Since then, there has been an upward trend,” she says. “We are seeing campaigns by some segments that are much more timid for fear of being attacked in any way, a danger to the democratic process, because this can increasingly mean under-representation of certain segments.”

On Thursday (29) at a meeting with international observers, the chairman of the TSE (Supreme Electoral Court) Alexandre de Moraes said that justice will guarantee freedom and security in the elections.

To reduce the risk of violence, the court banned CACs (hunters, shooters and collectors) from carrying guns and ammunition between Saturday (1st) and Monday (3rd) and developed new text to ban mobile phones from entering cabins. .

No wonder we got here this way. In addition to the complete ease of buying weapons, since more than 40 rules have facilitated this access, in recent years, a discourse has flared up about access to weapons, especially presidential weapons, ”says Carolina Ricardo.

The wave of violence also led the TSE to reach an agreement with the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation). A giant inflatable electronic ballot box with the words “Peace in Elections” was installed on the field for seven games. The motto was shared by the leading football teams in the country.

David Marquez of the Brazilian Public Safety Forum says it is difficult to gauge the impact of the 2022 campaign in the next election. For him, the answer may lie in survey results.

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“In 2018 in Sao Paulo you had [o ex-governador] Joao Doria says the police need to shoot to kill. In Rio de Janeiro [o ex-governador] Wilson Witzel said the police had to shoot him in the head. The public safety agenda was also very important to Bolsonaro. He spoke about the exclusion of lawlessness for police officers and the arming of society, ”says the sociologist.

“In all these cases, it’s about the fact that we need to use violence to make public policy, to control crime. And this, in some aspects, also goes through political relations, to political debate in general. What we will need this Sunday to see if this wave of aggression will be intensified again or if it will be stopped by the general vote.”

According to Carolina Ricardo of the Instituto Sou da Paz, the solution lies with democracy itself. “Institutions are responding. And the way for everyone is to come, vote, elect anyone who thinks they should be elected to show that democracy prevails and is stronger than specific instances of political violence.”

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The country’s largest political website lists Pedro Vilela as one of the likely elected members of the Federal Chamber.

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The Queiroz Assessoria Parlamentar e Sindical poll for the news portal Congresso Em Foco, published on September 24 and updated on September 26, points to the candidacy of MP Pedro Vilela (PSDB) as one of the most competitive in Alagoas and with a chance of a real victory. Of the 443 members of the Federal Chamber of Deputies up for re-election, 369 are “very competitive in terms of keeping their seats,” according to the company, and Pedro Vilela is one of them.

Queiroz Assessoria analyzed the candidates in detail to identify the most competitive and try to estimate the size of the party benches from 2023, the company says. Five different aspects of the candidacies were analyzed: i) the electoral history of the parties and their candidates; ii) voting intent polls; iii) pre-election forecasts of parties and coalitions; iv) the structure of the candidates’ election campaign – party political, financial, social media followers, level of knowledge about the elections and advertising time on radio and television; and v) projections for the calculation of the party coefficient and the expectation of a dispute about the balances, taking into account the new electoral rules.

Pedro Vilela has been elected the best parliamentarian in Alagoas by the Politicians’ Rankings, a private initiative that evaluates members of the National Congress for such requirements as fighting corruption, privileges and wasting public money, impeccable reputation, diligent presence and activism. at thematic meetings and commissions.

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