On Sunday 2 October, over 150 million Brazilian voters will elect the next president of one of the world’s largest democracies. The choice is between the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and progressive candidate Lula da Silva.
At the “¡Viva la solidaridad! Latin America’s Left Leads the Way” fringe event organised during Labour Party Conference, an array of speakers showed solidarity with struggle across Latin America, expressing strong support for Lula’s victory in the first round at the coming election on October 2nd.
The Brazilian election takes place on October 2nd, presenting the biggest fight against the far-right globally in a critical election for Brazil, Latin America and the globe.
The now notorious president Jair Bolsonaro is trailing a distant second in the polls to former Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) President and former trade union leader Lula da Silva, who’s term in office brought in ground-breaking poverty reduction programs and an unprecedented push for equality in Latin America’s most populous country.
On 6th September, Richard Burgon MP raised in Parliament the fears that Bolsonaro and his supporters are threatening democracy and the Brazilian election; and the fact that political violence is already taking place. He was joined by Fabian Hamilton who asked about whether the British Government has been putting pressure on Bolsonaro`s government to ensure elections will be free and fair. He also raised the very situation of deforestation in the Amazon.
With the presidential election drawing closer, we have witnesses a disturbing rise in political violence against Brazilian Workers’ Party supporters and officials; while Bolsonaro’s regime is ramping up threats and attacks against the electoral system.
In response to these threats, and the tragic murder of Workers’ Party official Marcelo Arruda by a far-right Bolsonaro supporter, an Early Day Motion has been tabled in parliament condemning political violence.
On June 23rd the Brazil Solidarity Initiative hosted an online rally in support of Lula and the return of hope to Brazil, with hundreds tuning in to show their solidarity ahead of the October Presidential election .
A presidential election takes place in Brazil this autumn which can give socialists around the world much hope, writes chair of Young Labour Jess Barnard.
Earlier this month, I was honoured to speak at the London launch of the international committee for Lula’s bid to return to the presidency of Brazil.
It was great to see Brazilians here in London ready to organise for change for workers across Brazil, who opinion polls show are ready to reject President Bolsonaro and elect Lula as a president committed to opposing savage austerity and the far-right’s politics of hate.
In cities in Brazil and across the globe, campaign launch events were held to celebrate former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, the candidate set to beat far-right president Bolsonaro in the October elections.
In London, PT Londres (the Brazilian Workers’ Party in London) hosted Brazilian campaigners, solidarity activists and representatives from across the Labour movement in a joyous show of support for Lula’s candidacy. The meeting heard contributions from Jeremy Corbyn, Christine Blower, Andy McDonald MP, Jess Barnard, academics, trade union leaders and PT activists mobilising ahead of the elections.
Join activists and volunteers from Brazil Matters, CAFOD, Greenpeace, Survival International, Amazon Rebellion, London Mining Network, and the Brazil Solidarity Initiative to protest in support of indigenous communities in Brazil.