Brazil: the moment of the decisive vote |  Opinion

Brazil: the moment of the decisive vote | Opinion

From Rio de Janeiro

One of the messages in favor of the useful vote expresses it very well: if you vote for Lula, he wins in the first round. If you vote for another candidateJair Bolsonaro goes to the second round. Political clarity consists in understanding that the separation line Today, in the home stretch of the campaign, he is not one of those who were for and against the coup against Dilma Rousseff. There is no difference between the Workers’ Party (PT) and antipetismo.

The fundamental polarization now takes place between Bolsonarism and anti-Bolsonarism. The fundamental objective is to remove Bolsonaro from the government, prevent him from continuing to use the government to attack democracy and against anyone who disagrees with his hate speech or with his economic policy favoring speculative capital.

What Lula stands for

Lula da Silva he does not only represent the PT, the left, democracy. He represents anti-bolsonarism. Incorporate all those who oppose Bolsonaro, to bolsonarism, it integrates all those who identify with this objective.

Support for Lula is increasingly coming from people who explain their differences with the PT, who are not on the left, who were undecided, who thought they were voting for other candidates. It’s time to win the votes that can lead Lula to victory in the first round and definitely avoid any coup d’etat adventure.

The right realizes that it cannot win with a candidate like Bolsonaro, disastrous in his speeches and in his attitudes. Try to prevent Lula from winning in the first round, Lula from winning very hard.

The media

He has the direct support of the media, which takes up the accusations against Lula, the PT and the left, trying to exploit anti-petism as a counterpoint to anti-bolsonarism. The right has nothing to offer the country, it takes up the discourse of the supposed risk that would mean the return of the PT to the government and a new mandate for Lula.

Brazil had elections that defined the future of the country for a long time. Like when Fernando Collor de Mello, helped by tv globe in his falsified edition of the debate he had with Lula, he won in 1989. These elections, the first direct ones after the dictatorship – the previous ones had taken place in 1960, almost 30 years before – defined that the country had a neoliberal cycle, which was from 1990 to 2002.

The 2002 presidential elections brought the PT to the presidency of the republic for the first time, with the victory of Lula. The most virtuous cycle in Brazilian history has begun so far, with the strengthening of democracy, economic development, income distribution through the creation of more than 20 million formal jobs and an increase minimum wage of 70% above inflation.

So much so that the governments of the PT have been democratically elected and re-elected in four successive elections. It took the victims of a coup – a baseless political trial against Dilma and the equally baseless arrest and conviction of Lula – to end the cycle.


The failure of the neoliberal restoration governments of Michel Temer and Bolsonaro, as well as the disasters experienced especially under this government, lead the October elections to define a new cycle in Brazilian history.

These are the most important elections because either they prolong the current catastrophic cycle – which no survey indicates – or they reopen a virtuous circle in the country’s history. There are two antagonistic counterpoints. There are two worlds, two opposing Brazils. Hence the importance of this year’s elections.

Defeating Bolsonarism – and doing it in the first round – has deep meaning. It means rejecting the neoliberal model and the use of the state to promote inequality, violence, the protection of militias and the corrupt family that has taken control of the state. It means defeating a deeply neoliberal, authoritarian and repressive government that fuels violence, widespread armament and Brazil’s loss of international prestige, among other disasters.

The value of democracy

It means reaffirming the value of democracy, so that we never let it be destroyed again. It means making the State an instrument of economic growth and social inclusion, guaranteeing minimally decent conditions for the entire population. It is to recover the degraded image of Brazil in the world.

This is why no vote can be lost. It is a question of preventing what the right wants, that is to say bringing the dispute to the second round. It is the decisive hour of the decisive vote. It’s time to elect Lula in the first round and give him the best Congress possible, save the country and start a a new virtuous circle in the history of Brazil.


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