Pro-Bolsonaro Brazilians demonstrate against Haddad
In the midst of the heated Brazilian elections, hundreds gathered to protest the Workers Party.
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Sao Paulo, Oct 21 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of Brazilians turned out on Sunday in some of the country's main cities to demonstrate against the Workers Party (PT) and its presidential candidate, Fernando Haddad, and to show their support for his adversary in the upcoming run-off election, ultrarightist Jair Bolsonaro.[ad]
The demonstrations were called by the Vem Pra Rua (Go Out on the Street) movement, which acquired significant clout during the massive demonstrations against corruption in 2015, when the PT's Dilma Rousseff was still president, and it is expected that they will be staged in at least 260 cities around Brazil.
The protests come one day after hundreds of Haddad supporters, mostly women, protested against Bolsonaro - an apologist for and supporter of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship and a man with a long history of macho, racist and homophobic statements - in 30 cities.
In Rio de Janeiro, some 1,000 people - most of them dressed in Brazil's green and yellow national colors and carrying national flags - gathered on Copacabana Beach and hailed Bolsonaro.
Under the slogan "PT no - So that Brazil doesn't become a Venezuela," the protesters deployed a gigantic Brazilian flag claiming that "We will not accept fraud."
Similar demonstrations were held in Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Belem and Brasilia, and in the capital a group of Bolsonaro supporters gathered on the Explanada, where the main government buildings are located.
In Sao Paulo it was expected that hundreds of supporters of the arch-conservative would turn out on the downtown Avenida Paulista on Sunday afternoon.
According to the most recent voter survey, Bolsonaro would win the run-off - if it were held today - with 59 percent of the votes to 41 percent for Haddad, the political heir of imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was convicted of corruption and thus barred from participating in the election as a candidate.
Bolsonaro, who is resting at his home in Rio de Janeiro after being stabbed at a rally in early September, thanked his supporters for their backing on the social networks and shared several videos of the people who attended the protests.
"Unfortunately, my health doesn't allow me to participate in public events, since about a month ago I suffered an assassination attempt," but "I'm alongside you at the events and my heart is with all of you. Many thanks and God bless you!" posted the candidate.