Fascinating

On the evening of the first round, capoeira master Moa do Katendê, an antiracist activist and educator, was stabbed to death by a Bolsonaro supporter. Katendê had declared that he had voted for leftwing candidate Fernando Haddad. In the south of the country, a 22-year-old woman was attacked on the street. We fear that this is only a foretaste of a deadlier wave of violence.

This hatred and violence is clearly being stirred up by Bolsonaro and his party’s elected representatives. By repeating their misogynous, racist, homophobic and transphobic speeches and provocations, by displaying their firearms, by glorifying the military dictatorship, by spreading false information, they implicitly call for the brutalisation, even murder, of all those who do not resemble them: women and LGBT activists, human rights defenders and indigenous peoples, progressive activists or journalists.

If Bolsonaro is elected head of the Brazilian state, this hatred risks becoming institutionalised and this physical violence unleashed. Brazil is already, unfortunately, one of the most violent countries in the world: 61,619 homicides were committed in 2017 according to the Brazilian Public Security Forum, representing nearly 170 people killed every day, including a young black man every 23 minutes. Human and environmental rights defenders were already particularly threatened and increasingly targeted.

2/170ths of the normal standard daily murder toll shows that Bolsonaro is unworthy of being the peoples’ choice.

Sure, he may not be, that’s always possible. But for this reason alone?

Noam Chomsky, linguist, American;

Ah, it might be bollocks.

Naomi Klein, journalist, Canadian;

Odds are looking good that it’s bollocks.

Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and co-founder 350.org;

Ah, there we have it, yes, proof, this is bollocks.

24 thoughts on “Fascinating”

  1. “…capoeira master Moa do Katendê, an antiracist activist and educator, was stabbed to death by a Bolsonaro supporter. Katendê had declared that he had voted for leftwing candidate Fernando Haddad. In the south of the country, a 22-year-old woman was attacked on the street. We fear that this is only a foretaste of a deadlier wave of violence.”

    So a politician is responsible for the acts of their voters? Are the Left really sure they want to go down this route?

  2. No mention of the fact that the one *candidate* who was stabbed is one J. Bolsonaro?

    Bolsonaro does have some unappealing personality traits and views (although he probably has better policies for governing the country). But my jaw fell at that omission.

    Wave of violence indeed…

  3. Agreed. A 1.2% increase is noise in the grand scheme of things.

    It’s not like the 17.4% decrease in murder rates we lose among all women(not just sex workers) when a government bans prostitutes advertising on Craig’s list.

    https://www.econlib.org/archives/2018/01/craigslist_redu.html

    Sadly both the Democrats and Republicans voted to stop potential murders from substituting intimate relations for pay for a higher chance of their wives and daughters being murders.

    I really don’t want to know what the quantitative effects of the child sex doll ban are going to be. Knowing the qualitative effects, more children being molested, and far to often murdered, is bad enough.

  4. So a politician is responsible for the acts of their voters? Are the Left really sure they want to go down this route?

    It doesn’t apply to them. Because reasons.

  5. A young black man every 23 minutes is around 22,850 – or over 1/3 of the annual victim toll. What is the racial balance in Brazil?

  6. The bloke’s Capoeira wasn’t up to much when push came to shove was it? That is the trouble with overly flash methods and techniques.

    More bullshit from the scum of the left. Their 150 million murders forgotten–as always–and a couple of violent capers blown up and laid at Bolso’s door. The capoeira caper might of been a massive acrimonious encounter with many steps of provocation on both sides. The knife man might have drawn the blade to attempt to stop himself being kicked to death by Mr Capoeira for all we know.

    Same old, same old cockrot. The violent and evil scum of the left projecting their violence and evil onto others and coming off worst–as they always do without state thuggery backing them up.

  7. BiG in Japan,

    I thought it was a dance/exercise thing. They do it at my gym and it looks kinda camp.

    Is there an ass-kicking Capoeira movie, like The Raid?

  8. I’m not sure it’s the root cause, but this is yet another nation destabilised by drug prohibition. The Police are really just the best equipped gang, with very little legal restraints on their behaviour. It’s hard to see how South America is going to get itself out of this cycle. Certainly this new chap is just likely to ramp up the violence levels. Still it’ll please JuliaM who just loves the sound of extra judicial killing in the morning.

  9. @IanReid: If I did, I’d move to Greenwich or Hackney, and wake up to the sounds of ‘da yoof’ knifing each other.

    And if drugs were legalised, naturally, they’d all get jobs.

  10. Ian Reid

    Amongst all the other, usual, Latin American reasons, Bolsanaro is going to be elected for one reason and one reason only: corruption. And more particularly, the ocean going, industrial strength corruption of the Workers Party(PT), still led by the ‘sainted’ Lula from his prison cell and who will be out in seconds if Bolsanaro wasn’t to win.

  11. I think a lot of people would be disappointed with the healing effects of removing drug prohibition, though they’d probably get a nice temporary hit from the feeling good about themselves.

  12. “I thought it was a dance/exercise thing. They do it at my gym and it looks kinda camp.”
    It’s a dance/combat thing. Contests are judged on style as much as anything else. My baiana significant other’s a capoeirista. She could kick your head off without missing the beat. Although she generally only picks on the very biggest blokes.

    Don’t know if they’ve ever made a movie. I could fone video the next geezer upsets her, if you like.

  13. Is there an ass-kicking Capoeira movie, like The Raid?

    Only the Strong, starring Mark DaCoscas. A Chinese-Greek American kicks the ass of a Brazilian street crime boss.

  14. “I think a lot of people would be disappointed with the healing effects of removing drug prohibition, though they’d probably get a nice temporary hit from the feeling good about themselves.”

    The Mexican drug cartels would collapse over night.

    I’d feel very good about government minding its own – chartered – business.

  15. Well it’s a week or so on since legalisation of cannabis in Canada and the place hasn’t descended into chaos or ground to a stoned halt.

  16. @Dennis the Peasant, October 26, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Noam Chomsky alone would had NiV demanding more proof while defending the Bolsanaro stabber as a one off outlier.

  17. Well it’s a week or so on since legalisation of cannabis in Canada and the place hasn’t descended into chaos or ground to a stoned halt.

    How would they tell?

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