Brazil towel sales emerge to mock mistrust of polls
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As keen supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro claim polls signaling he will lose his reelection bid can't be trusted, an unlikely proxy has emerged: towel sales. Cashing in on skepticism of pollsters ahead of October elections, some street vendors have begun using scoreboards to track sales of towels bearing the faces of far-right Bolsonaro and his rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers’ Party. © Provided by Associated Press Brazil's former president who is running for reelection, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, speaks during a campaign rally in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
among the signatories, ex-judges, artists, and important employer associations © Eraldo Peres/AP/SIPA of the supporters of the Brazilian President during A meeting by Jair Bolsonaro, in Brasilia on March 27, 2022. Popular lifting - among the signatories, ex -judges, artists, and important employer associations
A petition for "the defense of democracy" in Brazil has collected More than half a million signatures including those of the corporate heavyweight, in response to the criticisms of President Jair Bolsonaro against institutions and the electoral system.
launched by members of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sao Paulo (USP), this "letter to the Brazilians and Brazilian in defense of the Democratic State of Law" exceeded 546,000 signatures on Saturday at midday, at two months of the presidential election.
Brazil towel sales emerge to mock mistrust of polls
As keen supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro claim polls signaling he will lose his reelection bid can't be trusted, an unlikely proxy has emerged: towel sales. © (Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press) Towels featuring President Jair Bolsonaro, left, and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are displayed for sale next to a chalkboard showing the vendor's daily sales for each.
"Large danger for democratic normality"
"We live a moment of great danger for normality democratic , risk for institutions, with innuendos of non -compliance with the result of the elections", estimate the authors of the text, signed Also by former judges of the Supreme Court, and many artists, such as the famous singer Chico Buarque.
"Unpaid attacks and without proof question the electoral process and the Democratic State of law conquered of high struggle by the S Brazilian O -Lociety . The threats against other powers (...), the incentive to violence and institutional rupture are intolerable, "continues the petition, who at no time cite by name Bolsonaro.
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of important employers' associations with reinforcement
The Head of State, in power since early 2019 and Candidate for a second term , continues to criticize the electronic voting system in force in Brazil since 1996, fueling the fear that he does not recognize the result of the presidential election in the event of defeat. The latest polls give him largely losing to the ex-left president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva (2003-2010).
The USP petition has collected the signatures of important employers' associations, such as the Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN) and the very influential Federation of the Sao Paulo industries (FIESP). In 2016, FIESP had played a preponderant role in mass mobilization which had favored the dismissal of the left president Dilma Rousseff.
The adhesion of this institution to the petition is seen as a turnaround by many observers, the business circles having supported Jair Bolsonaro during its election in 2018, attracted in particular by the ultra-liberal speech of the Minister of the Economy Current Paulo Guedes.
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The far -right president did not hide his dissatisfaction. "Who is against democracy in Brazil?" We are for transparency, legality, we respect the constitution. I didn’t understand this petition, ”he reacted Thursday, during his weekly live on Facebook. Friday, he split ironically on Twitter from his own "letter in favor of democracy", with this most brief message: "Through this letter, I declare that I am in favor of democracy. Signed Jair Messias Bolsonaro, president of Brazil ”.
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