Weekly Report - 13 October 2022 (WR-22-41)

BRAZIL: All-out war for votes breaks out

Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro and leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) are engaged in a heated struggle for votes, as the campaign for the presidential run-off enters a decisive phase. The two candidates are intensifying their bid for support from different sectors of society, with Lula now targeting mainly the centrist electorate and Bolsonaro, low-income religious voters. Both are also ramping up their aggressive rhetoric, exchanging strong, and often bizarre, accusations this week – including associations with cannibalism and criminal groups. The spread of misinformation and hate speech has been amplified by social media, as tensions mount in a country divided by two opposing world views. 

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