[WSMDiscuss] Good News from Brazil: Lula Defeats Bolsonaro

Christian Stalberg CStalberg at mymail.ciis.edu
Mon Oct 31 16:48:17 CET 2022

Some quotes from Lula's victory speech (via Progressive International):

"Brazil and the planet need a living Amazon; a standing tree is worth more than tons of illegally extracted timber, a river of clean water is worth more than all the gold extracted at the cost of mercury that kills the fauna and puts human life at risk..."

"When an Indigenous child dies because of the greed of predators, a part of humanity dies with it."

"We defeated authoritarianism and fascism in this country. Democracy is back in Brazil"

Christian Stalberg
Doctoral Student
Anthropology & Social Change
CIIS, San Francisco, CA
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One good news in the midst of overall gloom.
A Bolsonaro victory, apart from other things, would have posed a serious threat to the residual Amazon forests and thereby  our chances to avoid a global climate catastrophe.

There are reports of some tampering with the voting process by the Bolsonaro administration.
The margin of defeat is quite narrow -- considerably narrower than predicted.
One only hopes that the transfer of power would take place without any major hiccup.

<<Far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is defeated by left-wing ex-President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva in the deciding round of Brazil's presidential vote

Lula won 50.8% of all valid votes to nearly 49.2% for Bolsonaro

Lula, president from 2003 to 2010, sought a political comeback after being embroiled in several corruption scandals

Bolsonaro's critics accused him of mishandling the Covid pandemic and allowing rampant deforestation in the Amazon

The two candidates are polar opposites; Lula is a left-wing former trade union leader and Bolsonaro is a right-wing populist and former army captain

Political tensions were high in the run-up to the vote, with accusations and misinformation on both sides of the campaign trail>>

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