Large protests against Brazil elec­tion front-run­ner

Daily Nation Newspaper - - WORLD -

TENS of thou­sands of women have taken to the streets of Brazil to protest against the far-right pres­i­den­tial elec­tion front-run­ner Jair Bol­sonaro. The words Ele Nao (not him) were seen on stick­ers and ban­ners and were shouted by the crowds. Mr Bol­sonaro was stabbed at a rally ear­lier this month and is cur­rently lead­ing in the polls ahead of the first roVnd of elec­tions on 7 Oc­to­ber. But a run-off vote is likely to be much closer. A former army cap­tain, Jair Bol­sonaro is a hugely con­tro­ver­sial fiHVre and has sparked out­rage with ho­mo­pho­bic and misog­y­nist com­ments. He once told a con­gress­woman she was not worth rap­ing and has equated ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity with pae­dophilia. Some have com­pared the 63-year-old to Don­ald Trump. He en­joys the back­ing of mil­lions of evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians who praise his anti-abor­tion stance. The move­ment against Mr Bol­sonaro be­gan with a Face­book group call­ing for demon­stra­tions that now has al­most four mil­lion mem­bers. -

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