The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, started his reelection campaign today in the city of Juiz de Fora, where he was the target of an attack in 2018, citing the alleged “communist” threat in the government of former President Lula da Silva.
This country doesn’t want setbacks, it doesn’t want gender ideology in schools, it doesn’t want to release drugs. This country has respected life since its inception and does not want communism,” Bolsonaro said in Juiz de Fora, in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais.
The Brazilian President chose this city for the first act of the campaign that began today because it was there that, on September 6, 2018, he was stabbed by a man a month before the elections that brought him to power.
“It is the city of my rebirth, where my life was saved by our creator,” said Jair Bolsonaro, who, according to polls of voting intentions, has the support of about 30% of voters compared to the support of 45% of votes attributed to Lula. da Silva.
“We started where they tried to stop us in 2018,” said the Brazilian President referring to the attack.
The head of state then encouraged Brazilians to view the electoral process as “a struggle for freedom” and to prevent “communism” from establishing itself in the country.
“They pay lip service to social justice, but the truth is very different and they lead people to misery,” said Bolsonaro, who again cited Venezuela as “proof of the wrong choices” voters can make.
Without mentioning Lula da Silva once, Jair Bolsonaro alluded to the corruption scandals that marked the progressive governments of the Workers’ Party (PT), to which the crowd reacted repeatedly shouting “Lula thief, your place is in prison”.
The President, an army reserve captain, recalled that he swore to “give his life for the country as a soldier” and stated that now, as a citizen, he fulfills his oath and will do everything for the freedom of Brazilians.
Bolsonaro also reiterated his call for a major national event on September 7 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s Independence.
“On September 7th, we all take to the streets for the last time to celebrate, firstly, our independence and, secondly, the guarantee of our freedom”, declared the Brazilian President.
Also participating in the act was the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, who will join the campaign to try to reduce the rejection that the President has among women, who represent about 53% of voters.
A fervent evangelical, Michelle asked for “the good God’s help” and “heaven’s, love and peace’s protection” against “an enemy that only wants to steal, kill and destroy.”
The campaign that will define the next President, state governors, and regional and federal parliamentarians in Brazil officially started today, the date on which candidates are already authorized to appeal to the vote and start electoral propaganda, including on the Internet.
On August 26, free electoral time begins on Brazilian radio and television systems, which runs until September 30 for candidates running in the first round.
The initial phase of the electoral campaign ends on October 1, the eve of the first round of elections.
Provided only for executive positions, that is, for disputes between the regional government of the 27 states of the country and the Presidency of the Republic, the second round of the Brazilian elections will be held on October 30 if no candidate reaches an absolute majority of the valid votes in the first ballot.
Source: With Agencies