Thousands of Brazilians occupied streets today in dozens of cities in the country to express their rejection of the Workers Party (PT) and its presidential candidate, Fernando Haddad, and praise his rival in the second round of the elections, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro .
For his part, Haddad accused Bolsonaro of being a "militia chief" and his sons being "thugs", reacting to a video in which one of his offspring, Eduardo Bolsonaro, says that it is enough to send "a soldier and a corporal "to" close "the Supreme Court.
The demonstrations organized by the movement "Vem pra Rua" in 269 localities were held seven days before the decisive elections, for which Bolsonaro, captain in the reserve of the Army, leaves as the maximum favorite with almost 60% of intention to vote, according to the latest polls.
Thousands of supporters of Bolsonaro, a nostalgic of the military dictatorship (1964-1985), attended the protests under the same premise: "PT no, so that Brazil does not become a Venezuela", a speech exploited by the candidate himself in your campaign.
In Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, they met in the central Paulista Avenue, dressed in the colors green and yellow and with flags of Brazil shouting "myth", as Bolsonaro is nicknamed among his militancy, and "outside PT" .
"He is not corrupt, Brazil is tired of that corruption, which is why Brazil is saying enough, outside the PT," Gisele Cardoso, 36, and podiatric profession, told Efe.
José Conceiçao Silva predicted that the extreme right-wing "will be chosen by a landslide" and that he will be an "optimal president" because, in his opinion, "he is a humble type of family, of the people".
"Brazil does not want more PT, does not want more communists … Brazil wants to change," added 57-year-old hairdresser Efe Silva.
In Rio de Janeiro, the most emblematic city of the country, almost a thousand people concentrated on the tourist beach of Copacabana and also acclaimed the controversial candidate, who has a long history of sexist, racist and homophobic statements.
There were also events in other regional capitals such as Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Belém, Goiania and Manaus, as well as in Brasilia, the capital of the country, where a group was concentrated in the Esplanade of Ministries, an avenue in which are the main Government buildings.
The mobilizations of today were, altogether, greater than those of yesterday, when hundreds of people, mostly women, protested against the extreme right in some thirty cities of the country.
In parallel to the protests, the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), the Prosecutor's Office and several government ministers returned today to defend the electronic ballot system and guaranteed that any suspicion of fraud will be investigated.
Bolsonaro has expressed his suspicions about electronic voting on more than one occasion, although he says he will respect the results.
The captain continued from his house in Rio de Janeiro, where he rests after the stab that he received in early September, the acts in his favor and thanked the support.
"It is a sign that the population is really concerned about the future of Brazil and wants someone different from the PT in the Presidency," said the Social Liberal Party (PSL) candidate.
About 3,000 kilometers from Rio, Haddad, to whom the polls attribute a 40% of the votes, completed his small tour through the impoverished northeast region of Brazil, historical fort of the PT, in the city of Sao Luis, in the state of Maranhao
The former Minister of Education raised the tone and affirmed that Bolsonaro is a "militia chief" and that his children are "thugs".
"Those people are a militia, they are not a candidate for president, they are a militia chief, their children are militiamen, they are bullies, they are fifth category people, that is the truth," he said.
The Socialist reacted thus to a video that has circulated in the last hours in social networks in which one of the children of the extreme right appears, Eduardo Bolsonaro, saying that it is enough to send "a soldier and a corporal" to "close" the Supreme Court .
The video was recorded last July during a conference, but was released today by media, generating the condemnation of, among others, the former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who wrote in social networks that these statements "smell like fascism".
One more example of the extreme polarization that permeates Brazil today, between the fear of Bolsonaro and the rejection of the PT after thirteen years in command of the country, first with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), today imprisoned for corruption , and then with the dismissed Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016).