Haddad assures that censorship will not silence teachers and students in Brazil

The socialist Fernando Haddad, who will measure himself on Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections in Brazil with the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, said today that the censorship that the Electoral Justice tries to impose on the universities will not silence professors and students who support him.

"It's no use intimidating the universities, it's no use invading university campuses, Education is not going to shut up," said the Workers Party (PT) candidate in a message on Twitter commenting on the operations that prosecutors have done. in universities to withdraw political propaganda.

"The professors and the students are not going to shut up until they defeat that little tin soldier," added the former Minister of Education.

Haddad, successor to jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as PT candidate, severely criticized the Electoral Justice's decision to remove from public universities different posters and pamphlets that he considers irregular electoral propaganda.

By order of the different regional electoral courts, prosecutors withdrew in the last few days supposed campaign material in 17 public universities in 9 of the 27 states of Brazil, although in many cases they were simple messages against fascism or authoritarianism.

Prosecutors considered that such material constituted an attack on Bolsonaro, a controversial deputy for being a defender of the military regime that governed Brazil between 1964 and 1985 and for his statements of macho, racist, homophobic and xenophobic overtones.

The rectors of the universities have criticized the entrance of the prosecutors to the university campuses, which enjoy certain legal autonomy, and the actions that they considered contrary to the freedom of expression of their students.

Electoral judges argue that the law prohibits the distribution of party propaganda within public spaces such as universities.

Haddad assures that a possible Bolsonaro victory will lead Brazil towards fascism and a period when guarantees and rights will be unknown.

Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential elections with 46% of the votes and leads the opinion polls for the ballot with 56%, while Haddad obtained 29% of the votes on October 7 and has A favoritism of 44% for Sunday.

But the difference between the two, which last week was 18 percentage points, fell to 12 points in the survey released on Thursday by the firm Datafolha and ignited a signal of alarm among some followers of the far right.


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