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🇧🇷 Brazil elections: Why are they so divisive? | The Stream



Brazil is heading to the polls on October 7 to vote in the first round of general elections that have generated polarising debate on the streets and online. Brazilians will cast their ballots for more than 1,600 positions, including the presidency. This is also the first election since the 2016 impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff. Voting is required by law, but a high abstention rate is nevertheless expected.

According to opinion polls released on Wednesday by Ibope the two leading candidates are Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) and Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT).

Evangelical former army captain Bolsonaro – a far right nationalist – is the early frontrunner. He has campaigned on promises that include a crackdown on crime and corruption. He has, though, been criticised for misogynistic comments against women, black people and the LGBTQ community. He has also proven a highly divisive candidate, with millions mobilising under #EleNao, or not him #NotHim hastags online. He was even stabbed at a campaign rally on September 9. On Saturday, thousands of people are expected to march in opposition to Bolsonaro with his supporters planning counter-demonstrations on Sunday.

Main rival Haddad is from the same party as jailed former president Lula de Silva. He is the former minister of education and mayor of Sao Paulo. Under his watch as education minister, places for lower-income students were greatly expanded, though he is still widely seen as a symbol of the establishment.

The debate has been fiery online and WhatsApp has been a major tool of that. The messaging app is used by more than half of Brazil’s population of 210 million and viral fake news and misinformation has been spreading like wildfare on it during the campaign. In an effort to fight the stories, 24 media organisations have joined forces under the name Comprova, or Prove It to investigate stories that go viral.

On Monday we’ll speak to Brazilian journalists and explore how they are covering the candidates, the campaign promises and what the biggest headlines have been so far. Join the conversation.

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34 comments

  1. rotten media, the people want bolsonaro, the minority that do not represent Brazil, which is against

  2. ridiculously biased journalism! how can a candidate with nearly 50% of the polls, almost double the 2nd runner, have several major protests agains and a minor pro him? all of the allegations made about his intentions are comments taken out of context. Plus the very choice of a supporter who actually does not support him to talk about why he is voting for him. Just makes me want to throw up. Thankfully the majority of Brazil woke up to corrupted media and is voting Bolsonaro. Journalism in Brazil is government propaganda like in Russia. Wake up world press.

  3. Can't wait for the entire west to rid itself from all the satanic globalist policies. Also free helicopter rides for the commies, the feminists and all the social justice terrorists.

    PS: Yes, many of them are atheist jews. I know.

  4. So Hadad goes to jail to ask Lula for advice…Thus giving the elections to Bolsonaro in a silver playe.

  5. Fabio ostermann e camozzatto no video kkkkkkk

  6. Let's talk about gay rights in Qatar? Hypocrites!

  7. RIDICULOUS! the public acts in favor of him were way bigger than the ones against him! IM BRAZILIAN AND IMMA VOTE FOR BOLSONARO BECAUSE HE IS NOT RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC LIKE THEY SAY! Stop with this fake news Al Jazeera I expected more of you!

  8. You should bring more qualified people to the discussion, or at least not so biased… Haddad is part of the gang that is breaking Brazil and leading us to the same crisis that Venezuela is facing now! The Workers Party stole billions of people's money, and they keep on doing so with the support of the media. Hopefully this time people finally woke up, and Haddad will be soon joining Lula in the jail, where he belongs.

  9. How the hell can you be so biased? It's not even funny! You do know the Bolsonaro counter-protest was much bigger than the #NotHim march right?

  10. Bolsonaro and their 'fans' are fascist. International community must help us to ban this freak.

  11. Elenão é meu pau jornalista de 5 categoria

  12. The problem is that brazilian journalists (99%) don t inform but express their personal opinions as THE Truth.
    We call them banana journalists: their objectivity is as straight as the banana shape.

  13. They call Bolsonaro "Brazil's Trump" as someone in the US- Brazil doesn't need a Trump. The world does not need another politician like Trump. Don't let hate, misogyny, racism, and homophobia win. You will regret it just like we do. #elenao

  14. So Social Justice Warrior can become a president now? 😂

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  16. Bolsonaro is not the only without curruption scandals. He's in the public life for 27 years, and did nothing. I don't think he'll do something now.

  17. this what happened in the so called democratic countries– what 's the surprising thing?

  18. Time is running out
    Bare witness!!!! https://youtu.be/FT1v4ZKVHuM

    God said prove all things, I am that women from Revelations 12:17
    Be apart of my offspring!!
    Be reborn through Jesus Christ our Lord!!!!

    My Testimony
    https://youtu.be/VcwwbMgLDZA

    GOD SAID
    IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
    JOHN 14:15

    ^NEW TESTAMENT VERSE, FOR THE STUBBORN

    GOD SAID

    HE THAT SAITH I KNOW HIM AND KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.

    ^NEW TESTAMENT VERSE, FOR THE STUBBORN

    GOD SAID

    BLESSED ARE THEY THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, THAT THEY MAY HAVE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE, AND MAY ENTER IN THROUGH THE GATES INTO THE CITY
    REVELATIONS 22:14

    ^NEW TESTAMENT VERSE, FOR THE STUBBORN

    Answers!
    DO YOU KNOW HIM?
    DO YOU LOVE HIM?
    WILL YOU BE MAKING IT, INTO HIS GATES?

    SO WHENEVER SOMEONE COMES AND TELLS ME, YOU DONT HAVE TO FOLLOW COMMANDMENTS.
    EVEN THOUGH I TOLD YOU, HE CAME AND TOLD ME YOU DO!!!

    ALL I HEAR, IS THIS PERSON IS A LIAR, THIS PERSON DOES NOT LOVE GOD. THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THIS PERSON!!!
    THIS PERSON WILL NOT BE MAKING IT, THROUGH HIS GATES!!!!!!!

    MUST BE BAPTISED CAN BE DONE IN OWN TUB , ASK IT BE DONE, UNDER GODS EYES, CHILDREN ALSO ONES OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG!

    TEACH CHILDREN WAY OF THE LORD
    1.Don't lie,
    2.Don't steal,
    3.DONT KILL,
    4.NO ADULTERY,
    5.NO SEX BEFORE MARRAIGE,
    6. RESPECT MOTHER AND FATHER,
    7.REMEMBER SABBATH KEEP IT HOLY(CHURCH OR READ BIBLE FOR CHURCH)
    8. No idols or graven images,( no crosses, angels, Bibles, touched during prayer, GOD IS ALIVE AND UP THERE)
    9. DONT SAY Gods name in vain,( if your not talking to Him or of HIM , don't say His name in vain, just from hitting your toe…)
    10. Don't covet your neighbor
    A. don't be jealous of anyone's things , house wife kids… (Keeps bitterness , Satan out of your heart)
    B. Forgive all who have hurt you (removes bitterness from heart
    C. love thy neighbor, love one another,
    Prove it and pray for everyone to be saved

    Repent immediately after any broken

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  20. Oh come on…. stop speaking nonsense. Bolsonaro is not homophobic nor he supports torture, nor he is against women, and these are so shallow minded women who protest against him..know nothing about what is going on for sure. Democracy is hanging on by a thin line, thanks to the communist ideology implanted in Latin America.
    Do research ( responsible research ) about what you are claiming about Bolsonaro!!!
    The worst lie is one made by threads or pieces and bits of edited announcements made by this candidate.
    I cannot believe I am listening to what you are all saying.
    Check your sources!
    Look in to all the information presented here in a responsible and with a imparcial and professional view.
    And by the way, the amount of people out in the streets PRO Bolsonaro, were the biggest ever seen in history, and not how you all pronounced on this stream.
    Workers Party left Brazil in a mud hole. Once again, check your sources!
    Nothing can be said against Bolsonaro, towards corruption. Nothing!!!!!
    The media is being unfair, yes indeed.
    The rape argument was because Maria do Rosario, defends rapists and murderes ( check source )and they got into a argument, and he ended up saying something stupid like@ you don’t deserve to be raped “ please tell the truth!
    Goodbye.
    Best regards from a brazilian woman who lives here and follows what is going on full time.

  21. KIDS SHOULD NOT BE LEARNING ABOUT THE GAYS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

  22. 7:40 All lies, don't seek the truth in mainstream media or in social sites; seek the truth where it happened… All this video is total biased… Don't believe me? Search for the truth yourself; that's the only way you'll find it (AKA learn portuguese and google the real original videos ans judge by yourself).

  23. It is hard to put much credence in last minute accusations. The issues did not just happen, but "held" until it is calculated to do the most emotional damage as it is usually untrue. This happens often in USA.
    Women protesting en mass over supposed feminism does not work in the long run. It is sad to see.

  24. So a bunch of liberalism And not one person represent the people in how they look or culture. To think I was gonna move there

  25. Large scale protest against him and then a "small" protest in support of him?… Are you serious? XD Small?!? It was at least 2 times bigger. You lost me there. This is a shameless fake news.

  26. What?! I disliked this video and when I return, it is not showing. Is this happening with someone too?

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