Tuesday December 10, 2019

Brazil shows rise of the far right calls for a considered response

Bolsonaro is a reminder of the complexity of the challenge the far right poses to civil society

10th November, 2019
Jair Bolsonaro: ‘On every indicator on which we commonly regard Donald Trump as bad, Bolsonaro is worse’ Pic: Getty

It is just over a year since Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of the world’s eighth largest economy, Brazil, following a campaign fuelled by aggressive fake news, and in spite – or because – of regressive views on women, gay people, climate change, poverty and the country’s military dictatorship.

On every indicator on which we commonly regard Donald Trump as bad, Bolsonaro is worse. Trump believes in gun rights; Bolsonaro believes...

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