October 13, 2018
This is fake news.
But what isn’t fake is that Jair is winning.
The two contenders in Brazil’s bitterly contested presidential race have urged calm after a wave of attacks on journalists, activists and members of the LGBT community by supporters of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro including beatings, a knife attack and a murder.
Supporters of the former paratrooper – himself the victim of an assassination attempt last month – have also reportedly been targeted with violence.
But an investigation by independent journalism group Agência Publica found that an overwhelming majority of the violence was committed by supporters of Bolsonaro, who polls give a 16-point lead over his leftist opponent, Fernando Haddad, ahead of the second-round runoff on 28 October.
I doubt it.
It was him they tried to assassinate.
Agência Pública said bolsonaristas were behind 50 separate attacks since 30 September. In the same period, six Bolsonaro supporters were assaulted, the report found.
“There is a flowering of hate that I have never seen before,” said a reporter who was attacked by Bolsonaro supporters in the north-eastern city of Recife. “I am frightened because it could be anyone now.”
Voter frustration over spiraling violence and eye-watering corruption – as well as an explosion of inflammatory fake news – mean an unusually toxic atmosphere has enveloped this year’s election.
Activists say that online threats have soared since campaigning begin, while videos of soccer fans chanting “Bolsonaro will kill queers” have spread terror among LGBT people.
He will kill queers!
It’s going to be MAGNIFICENT!
Several attacks were reported on Sunday, when Bolsonaro secured his resounding victory in the election’s first round.
The 40-year-old female reporter was assaulted at knifepoint as as she went to vote, when two Bolsonaro supporters spotted the journalist’s credentials hanging from her neck.
One of the men, who was waving a knife and wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the candidate’s face, grabbed her arm and told her: “When my commander wins the election you lot in the press will die.”
“The other one said, ‘Let’s take her off and rape her,’ and the one with the knife, said, ‘No, ‘Let’s cut her,’” said the journalist, who asked to withhold her name because she received threats after reporting the attack.
Yeah so that is probably fake.
Maybe not, it is Brazil, but journalists are such liars. And it sounds like something a journalist would make up.
Whatever the case – the amount of butthurt that Bolsonaro is causing is glorious.
And it looks like he’s going to go full-Duterte and just start cleaning up the streets the old fashioned way – with bullets.