Brazilian Election Watch: Massive Demonstrations in Support of Jaír Bolsonaro

On Thursday, the Estadão newspaper came out with an article suggesting that Jaír Bolsonaro’s health condition, the result of a stabbing attack, might hurt his campaign.

At the time the article came out, we were doubtful.

So now we are on the other side of the weekend, and where does Bolsonar’s campaign stand? Well, the campaign itself released a video showing clips from the many manifestations from around Brazil that took place on Sunday.

Well…but that’s a campaign video, right? Could have been actors and creative camera angles…

Ok, let’s take a look at the very last city mentioned in the video, Juazeiro do Norte, CE. Because of extensive contacts in that city, we were able to obtain a lot (and we do mean a lot) of media from the event.

First, some pictures.

At the meeting point, lots and lots of motorcycles.

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So many motorcycles…

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Then come the cars and trucks, full of people.

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Cars as far as the eye could see.

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Here’s a video of people gathering at the meeting point.

And another, showing the parade as it passed the rather bleak-looking local HQ of the campaign of Ciro Gomes.

But none of these really give you an idea of the sheer size of this popular manifestation. To get that, we go to a video filmed from a viaduct as the vehicles passed underneath.

As the multitude of cars passes underneath, the man recording the video, as well as those around him, emphasize again and again that this is a volunteer parade…nobody is being paid for gas, nobody is being paid for their time (unlike other campaigns).

So what after this weekend, what are the polls showing?

Up until recently the common wisdom that in a second round Bolsonaro would be beaten by everybody. But now only Ciro beats him, and even that is in doubt. In light of recent events, it may be very much in doubt indeed.

Follow our continuing coverage of the 2018 Brazilian presidential elections here.

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