Brazil’s main presidential candidates, Jair Bolsonaro, who is seeking re-election, and Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, attacked each other this Saturday at rallies held a week before the polarized elections on October 2.
The far-right president, who appears 14 points behind leader Lula in the latest Datafolha survey, participated in a motorcycle caravan in Campinas, 100 km north of the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, which concentrates the largest number of votersbefore giving a speech before thousands of followers.
“We have completed three years and eight months without corruption in Brazil,” he said to applause. “They accuse me of everything but they don’t call me corrupt.”
It has been a constant for Bolsonaro to describe “thief” to Lulawho was convicted of corruption in the Lava Jato caseand his sentence that was later annulled by the supreme court for procedural problems, not because of the merits of the accusations.
Meanwhile, the president’s family has been accused of irregularities, which he dismisses.
“On this side, a person who defends the family; on the other side, a thief who says that family values are a setback,” settled the president, who accused Lula, a popular ex-governor of Brazil (2003-2010), of supporting the legalization of abortion, drugs and gun control.
Lula said shortly after at another rally in the São Paulo neighborhood of Grajaú that his eventual government “is not going to facilitate the purchase of weapons.”
“We are going to make a revolution without needing to buy a weapon, without taking a shot. Our revolution is buying books,” he responded with this phrase already used in his campaign.
Bolsonaro announced that in any case he will “resolve the issue of weapons” after the elections.
“I am sure that all of you, if necessary, will give your lives for freedom. I repeat: armed people will not be enslaved, no one will steal our freedom,” warned the president.
Lula, who called his rival “babaca” (idiot) in the speech, has another act on Saturday afternoon. Her campaign appeals to the so-called useful vote to get a victory in the first round. The latest Datafolha survey opened that scenario: 33%-47% of the intention to vote.
“Every time a new poll comes out in which I go up a point and he (Bolsonaro) drops a point, he goes crazy. He has a migraine crisis (…), he has a pain that seems to be called Lula,” launched the opponent, who promised to raise the minimum wage, improve pensions and build more homes and schools.