Brazil: surge in on-line petitions against Bolsonaro

Brésil: multiplication des pétitions en ligne contre Bolsonaro

Sao Paulo | brazilian civil society are mobilizing more and more through on-line petitions ” in defence of democracy “, in response to demands for “military intervention” of the president’s supporters of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro.

The polarization was accentuated with the debate on how to combat the coronavirus, the president questioning the containment measures decided by the governors of the States, in the name of preserving employment, even if the curve of the epidemic remains on the rise.

While, on the internet, the petitions against the government are increasing, protests “anti-fascists” are starting to win the streets, in particular at the initiative of football fans.

Among the signatories of the petitions, political figures from left and centre-right, artists, lawyers, or scientists.

There are also absences which are well known, like the ex-left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), who considers the claims that are remote from the real concerns of the workers of this country of 210 million people.

Here are the main petitions launched online:

– Estamos Juntos (we are together): launched on may 30, she has already collected more than 276 000 signatures.

Among the signatories, the ex-president of the centre-right Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2001), the singer Caetano Veloso, the writer Paulo Coelho, and Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT) of Lula, a candidate unhappy for the second round of the presidential election in 2018 in the face of Bolsonaro.

They claim to represent “the majority of Brazilians in favour of the independence of powers,” and require a response of leaders “responding to the health crisis, political, and economic devastating,” that mine in Brazil.

– “#Somos70porcento ” (We are 70%): this online campaign has been launched with this key word on the social networks by the economist and writer Eduardo Moreira.

It is based on the results of surveys showing that 70% of Brazilians believe the government Bolsonaro ” very bad “, ” bad “or just” fair “, the president retaining just a hard core of 30% of favourable opinions.

“It is curious that we, the 70% who are against this government is undemocratic, we feel as if we were in the minority “, he says.

Many people have used the word key, which is found at the head of trends of Twitter shortly after its launch.

– Basta!: Petition signed by more than 600 lawyers and attorneys. In their manifesto, they claim that “Brazil, its people and its institutions cannot continue to be attacked” by a president ” that undermines the legislative and judicial powers, the rule of law and to the health of Brazilians “.

Several campaigns against racism have been launched online, after the emotion aroused by the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white policeman in the United States, but also of many young Black Brazilians are the victims of police violence.

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