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With Mr Bolsonaro’s election ESP, which has ties to evangelical churches, has moved from the fringe to the centre. During the campaign he echoed its rhetoric, accusing the federal government of promoting “homosexuality and promiscuity” in schools. A proposed law, backed by ESP, would ban teachers from talking about “gender ideology” (a catch-all term for trendy ideas about sex and gender), sexual orientation and their political views.
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has pitched himself as an iron-fisted crusader against the country’s soaring crime. The former Army captain’s controversial, pro-dictatorship rhetoric — he has endorsed torture and favors giving police license to kill — has polarized this country and especially divided women.
Faced with a homophobic president-elect with close alliances to evangelical and Catholic churches, LGBT people in Brazil are rushing to claim hard-earned rights such as marriage equality and name and gender changes. The rush to marry before Bolsonaro is sworn in on 1 January has become an act of resistance against the president-elect, who has described himself as a “proud homophobe”.
They are the anti-feminist women backing the far-right, former paratrooper Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s upcoming presidential runoff election – a man who has been repeatedly accused of misogyny and racism.
As Brazil prepares for legislative elections, Franco’s legacy can be seen across the country: an unprecedented number of black women have registered to run for office – and many invoke her example on the campaign trail.
Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela — or hillside shantytown — was once ascendant, a symbol of rising fortunes in a nation that finally seemed on the fast track to greatness. But a little more than a year after Rio hosted the Olympic Games, that optimism is disappearing in a wave of urban violence.
The number of homeless people who registered with the government tripled to 15,000 from 2013 to 2016, according to the most recent data available. But advocates say the actual number could be higher. The increase has made Rio’s infamous gap between rich and poor all the more evident, sparking outrage and conflict.
The escalation of yellow fever has prompted a chaotic rush to vaccinate tens of millions of people through the public health system. Officials are administering partial doses of the medication, to stretch the supply, while still protecting patients for eight to 10 years. But even as the vaccination campaign expands, so does an anti-vaccine movement fueled by Internet rumors.
Venezuelans fleeing poverty and food shortages are crossing into neighboring countries. They’re not always welcomed.
Two candidates on opposite sides of the political spectrum in Brazil’s forthcoming presidential vote have been charged with receiving illegal campaign donations just a month before the election.
Video: Tensions high on Brazil border over Venezuela migrants
Enquanto o Museu Nacional se prepara para retirar o que pode ter escapado das chamas que atingiram o prédio há nove dias, a comunidade internacional articula iniciativas para ajudar na reconstrução do prédio e no reparo do acervo.
In the small border town of Pacaraima in northern Brazil, Venezuelans are arriving by the hundreds every day.
They’re a part of the mass exodus of Venezuelans that’s grown to over two million people in the last several years, making it one of the world’s largest migrations. In this small border outpost of just 12,000 people, the sudden influx has strained services and created rising tensions between Brazilians and Venezuelans.