Brazil: Far-Right Presidential Candidate Promises to Purge the Country of His Opponents

The far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, threatened to purge Brazil of his political opponents during his address on Sunday.

“Either they go overseas or they go to jail,” Bolsonaro told a crowd in Sao Paulo. “These red outlaws will be banished from our homeland. It will be a clean-up, the likes of which has never been seen in Brazilian history,” some of his final public words before the run-off elections on October 28th.

Jair Bolsonaro singled out certain groups and individuals to target with threats. Saying former president Lula da Silva would rot in jail and his current opponent in the election, Fernando Haddad, would meet the same fate. While, the landless workers’ movement (MST), which Noam Chomsky has lauded as the most important popular movement in the world, would be designated as terrorists if Bolsonaro came to power.

Progressive and leftist Brazilians alike have been alarmed by Bolsonaro’s values and speech. Brazilian journalist, Cynara Menezes, tweeted, “Brasil, ame-o ou deixe-o,” harkening back to the propaganda slogan of Brazil’s brutal military dictatorship. “Brazil, love it or leave it.”




Photo: “Jair Bolsonaro” by Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil is licensed under CC BY 3.0 BR