29 October 2018
Commenting in the aftermath of the elections in Brazil this weekend European Green Party co-chair Monica Frassoni said:
“We stand in solidarity with all those that came out to defend fundamental rights in this weekend’s election of the far-right, pro-torture populist President-elect Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
“Bolsonaro is a proven bigot who has been catapulted onto the world stage. In the past, he has openly praised Brazil’s military dictatorship that murdered and tortured scores of people. It is extremely worrying that his extreme views towards women, homosexuality, and minority groups are now at risk of becoming mainstream.
"An onslaught of fake news, dirty money and never-ending corruption scandals have eroded Brazil’s sense of optimism and many have abandoned the dream of a fairer, more equal society.
“Progressive forces in Europe and around the world must now rally together to defend a vision of our future where people can freely express themselves without fear or judgement. International bodies and environmental activists and organisations must also guarantee Brazil’s vast natural heritage in the form of the Amazon rain forest.
“Brazil’s opposition, civil society groups, the media and the public at large will need to work together to ensure that certain values are respected regardless of the person elected to the highest office.”
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