Podcast Explaining Brazil: pro-democracy retreat

On August 11, Brazil will witness a rare event: members of the country’s economic and intellectual elite will oppose the putschist program of President Jair Bolsonaro.

They will publicly present a pro-democracy manifesto at an event that will bring together celebrities, politicians, bankers, business owners, lawyers and judges. The document, available online, has already been signed by more than 800,000 people.

Without mentioning President Bolsonaro by name, the manifesto criticizes attempts to delegitimize the country’s electronic voting system.

Meanwhile, São Paulo’s industry federation released its own pro-democracy manifesto – albeit with softer language.

Many have said these reactions to Bolsonaro’s escalation are either too weak or they have come too late – the president having hinted at his wish to overturn the election for more than a year now.

Yet they represent the toughest stance big business has taken against Bolsonaro so far.

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  • Euan Marshall is an editor at The Brazilian report and also hosts the podcast Explaining Brazil in the absence of Gustavo Ribeiro.

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Background reading:

  • We are about to launch a special report election 2022 with everything you need to know about running for Congress, governorships and, of course, the presidency. Click here and ask about our early bird discount.
  • Brazil will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its independence from Portugal on September 7. But there is little enthusiasm around the date, amid fears it will instead be marked by a pro-Bolsonaro uprising against democratic institutions.
  • Fearing the economic consequences of a coup attempt led by Bolsonaro, big business belatedly decided to speak out, signing manifestos in defense of democracy.
  • Jair Bolsonaro is in desperation, trying to increase benefits and win popular support – but it seems like too little, too late, writes Amanda Audi.
  • Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court has invited a group of 30 digital influencers to its headquarters, seeking to dispel widespread myths and lies about the country’s electoral system.

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