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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ ‘Carnival is politics’: revellers bring anti-Bolsonaro sentiment to Rio’s streets

Revellers enjoy the passage of performers on Olympic Boulevard in Rio in their first carnival since Covid. Photograph: Jose Lucena/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock
Revlrz injô ɖ pasij v pformrz on Olimpic Būḷvard in Rio in ɖer frst carnivl sins Covid. Foṭgraf: Jose Lucena/ZUMA Preswîr/REX/Śuṭstoc

‘Carnivl z poḷtics’: revlrz brñ anti-Bolsonaro sntimnt t Rio’z strīts

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on Sunday 24 April 2022)

Wɖ ilex́nz les ɖn six munʈs awe, mni si fstivl az a ćans t vnt ɖer angr at faŗît prezidnt

Tom Phillips

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro, Súnde 24 Epril 2022

Az ɖ sún rouz ovr Rio’z breʈtecñ granit n qorts lanscep, José Leonardo da Silva set of fṛm hom drest az a 6ft 2in box v Viagra.

Hiz desṭneśn: a bīć-sîdstrīt parti cōld ɖ Cozmic Trumpits ẃr hundṛdz v haf-cloɖd revlrz hd gaɖrd t seḷbret ɖer frst carnivl sins Covid. Hiz mesij: ɖt ɖ scandl involvñ ɖ prćis v tnz v ʈǎzndz v irectîl-dsfuñśn tablits bî Prezidnt Jair Bolsonaro’z dfnsmiṇstri wz an intolṛbl afrunt.

“Carnivl z poḷtics tù,” sd Silva, a 43-yir-old sîcoḷjist fṛm Bṛzil’z hlʈsrvis, az h priperd t spend ɖ de dnǎnsñ Bolsonaro’z “cmplitli fasist” guvnmnt bî dsgîzñ himslf az a pacit v 50mg imṗtnspilz.

Silva wz nt ɖ onli wn wɖ poḷtics on hiz mînd ɖs wīc az bac̣neła gript Rio’z strīts fr ɖ frst tîm sins Febrri 2020.

Wɖ a bruzñ ilectṛl batl fr Bṛzil’z soul les ɖn six munʈs awe, mni sw carnivl az a ćans t vnt ɖer splīn at Bṛzil’z faŗît prezidnt, hu rtenz a f’rośsli loyl s’portbes bt z rpydietd bî mor ɖn haf v votrz.

Lǎd crîz v “Bolsonaro ǎt!” iruptd at Rio’z Samḅdrom on Frîde nît az ɖ siti’z top samḅscūlz hld ɖer frst pṛseśnz sins ɖ c’roṇvîṛs pandemic bgan. Ɖ prezidnt’s sun, Seṇtr Flávio Bolsonaro, wz stōct n tōntd bî angri revlrz ẃl trayñ t woć ɖ p’redz ẃl a banr dmandñ hiz faɖr’z rmuvl wz unfrld fṛm wn v ɖ standz.

Spectetrz in wn v ɖ Samḅdrom’z xclūsiv “lux̣́riboxz” śǎtd insults abt Bolsonaro’z mn preẓdnśl rîvl, ɖ formr leftist prezidnt Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bt on ɖ wrcñclas teṛsz n at ɖ roumñ strītpartiz noun az blocos ɖr wz s’port fr Lula.

“I fīl hopfl bcz I b’liv dmocṛsi mst privel ovr oʈoṛterịnizm – n ɖr’z onli wn canddet hu cn aćiv ɖs n it’s Lula,” sd Angelo Morse, 43, hu wouc p at 4.30am on Ʈrzde t jôn a bloco cōld Ẃt a Luvli Wetḷnd.

Morse, an edycetr hu clemd t b a distnt reḷtiv v ɖ Norʈ Americn invntr Saḿl FB Morse, cem t carnivl wẹrñ an aḷgetrcostym dzînd t pṛtst at Bolsonaro’z hanḍlñ v a Covid ǎtbrec ẃć hz left mor ɖn 660,000 Bṛziłnz ded.

“Prezidnt Bolsonaro z a mōrón n sd ɖt f y got vax̣netd y’d trn intu an aḷgetr,” h sd bî we v xpḷneśn az ɖ sqer arnd him fild wɖ inībrietd partigowrz drest az pîṛts, devlz, nunz, sūṗhiroz, sìcrīćrz n, in wn ces, a botl v Hînz Yelo Musṭd. Wn carid a portrit śowñ Bolsonaro spywñ a rivr v grīn suij.

On a nirbî lōn, ɖ art d’rectr Maria Estephania spouc dspondntli abt ɖ sośl, culćṛl n ic̣nomic dclîn ś b’livd hd pleid ǎt sins Bolsonaro’z śoc 2018 ilex́nvicṭri.

“W fuct ǎrslvz” bî ilectñ Bolsonaro, Estephania, 34, sd wɖ a sai, az ś tc a brec fṛm partiyñ at Liqid Luvz, a bloco inspîrd bî ɖ wrc v ɖ sośioḷjist Zygmunt Bauman.

Estephania’z ǎtfit – a scarlit cep plastrd wɖ sticrz pṛmotñ Lula n Marcelo Freixo, a leftist alî ś hops wl b ilectd Rio’z nxt guvnr – îdnṭfaid an oltrṇtiv fyćr. “It’s an ilex́nyir n w nīd t ri’frm ǎr valyz, ẃć ber no rleśn t ɖoz v ɖ p’liticl grūp ẃć cuṛntli holdz pǎr,” Estephania sd. “Ǎr valyz hv abṣlutli nʈñ t d wɖ Bolsonaro.”

Nt evrbdi wontd t tōc poḷtics az carnivl rtrnd aftr a tū-yir Covid hieṭs.

At a bloco ǎtsd Rio’z Ḿziym v Tmoro, Eduardo Faria, a portli motrbîc curịr in a trqôz tūtu, bizid himslf filñ a pīnis-śept wōtrpistl wɖ minṛlwōtr. “I’m jst hir t hv fun! No poḷtics plīz!” ɖ 39-yir-old gigld. “It’s carnivl!”

Farɖr wst in Vila Mimoza, Rio’z red-lît district, anɖr rōc̣s pṛseśn wz abt t bgin, léd bî sxwrcrz n samḅḿziśnz. Ɖ most moḍstli drest partigowr wz Everson Almeida, a formr semiṇrist wẹrñ ɖ blac caṣc h yzd bfr dićñ planz t jôn ɖ prīsthd. A sticr bnʈ hiz clericl colr dclerd: “Bolsonaro ǎt!”

“H’z a sor on ǎr ssayti,” sd Almeida, 29, hu bōlct at Bolsonaro’z ptreyl v himslf az a God-firñ Crisćn. “Crîst cem t dlivr a mesij v śltr n incluźn, nt segṛgeśn, slfiśnis n conflict.”

Az ɖ drumr wormd p, Almeida vôst confidns ɖt ɖ Bolsonaro ira wz enṭrñ its fînl ćaptr, wɖ Lula līdñ in ɖ poulz.

“God wilñ [h’z finiśt],” h sd, pôntñ hevnẉdz. “N ɖs mst b ẃt H wonts.”

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Lula: Bolsonaro leading Brazil ‘to slaughterhouse’ over Covid-19

Gravediggers wearing protective suits carry the coffin of 68-year-old Natalina Cardoso Bandeira, who died after contracting coronavirus. Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters
Grevdigrz wẹrñ pṛtctiv sūts cari ɖ cofin v 68-yir-old Natalina Cardoso Bandeira, hu daid aftr cntractñ c’roṇvîṛs. Foṭgraf: Brūno Ćeli/Rôtrz
Lula: Bolsonaro līdñ Bṛzil ‘t slōtrhǎs’ ovr Covid-19

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 17 April 2020)

Formr prezidnt brandz cuṛnt līdr a ‘trogḷdît’ hu śd b rmuvd fṛm ofis

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro. 17 Epril 2020

Jair Bolsonaro z līdñ Bṛziłnz “t ɖ slōtrhǎs” wɖ hiz irisponsbl hanḍlñ v c’roṇvîṛs, ɖ cuntri’s formr prezidnt Inácio Lula da Silva hz sd.

In an impaśnd inṭvy wɖ ɖ Gardịn – ẃć cem az Bṛzil’z Covid-19 deʈtol hit 1,924 – Lula sd ɖt bî unḍmainñ sośl distnsñ n dfeṇstretñ hiz ǒn hlʈministr, Bṛzil’z “trogḷdît” līdr risct rpitñ ɖ devstetñ sīnz pleyñ ǎt in Eqdor ẃr faṃliz hv hd t dump ɖer luvd wnz’ corpsz in ɖ strīts.

“Unforćṇtli I fir Bṛzil z gwñ t sufr a gret dīl bcz v Bolsonaro’z reclisnis … I fir ɖt f ɖs groz Bṛzil cd si sm cesz lîc ɖoz hrific, monstṛs iṃjz w sw in Guayaquil,” sd ɖ 74-yir-old leftist.

“W c’nt jst wont t topl a prezidnt bcz w d’nt lîc him,” Lula admitd. “[Bt] f Bolsonaro cntinyz t cmit crîmz v rsponsbiḷti … [n] trayñ t līd ssayti t ɖ slōtrhǎs – ẃć z ẃt h z dwñ – I ʈnc ɖ insttyśnz wl nīd t fînd a we v sortñ Bolsonaro ǎt. N ɖt wl mīn y’l nīd t hv an impićmnt.”

Bolsonaro – a prǎdli hoṃfobic formr armicaptin olrdi dspîzd bî pṛgresiv Bṛziłnz fr hiz hostiḷti t ɖ invîrnmnt, indijṇs rîts n ɖ arts, az wel az hiz alejd lincs t Rio’z mafia – hz ełnetd miłnz mor wɖ hiz dsmisiv stans twdz ɖ c’roṇvîṛs, ẃć h b’litlz az mīdia “hstiria” n a “bit v a cold”.

Sins ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn dclerd ɖ pandemic on 11 Marć, Bṛzil’z prezidnt hz rpitidli ʈumd hiz nǒz at sośl distnsñ, frst bî egñ on n atndñ pro-Bolsonaro protests n ɖen wɖ a siriz v pṛvoc̣tiv vizits t bec̣riz, sūṗmarcits n farṃsiz. Jrñ wn uņesṣri ǎtñ Bolsonaro dclerd: “Nwn wl hindr mî rît t cm n g.”

In Marć ɖ rîtwñ popylist īvn sjstd Bṛziłnz nīd nt wuri abt Covid-19 sins ɖe cd beɖ in xcrimnt “n nʈñ hapnz”.

Sć muvz pt Bolsonaro at logrhedz wɖ hiz ǒn hlʈministr, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, a doctr-trnd-poḷtiśn hu wz fîrd on Ʈrzde aftr ćaḷnjñ ɖ prezidnt’s bhevyr.

Mnẃl Bolsonaro’z poḷtiśn sun, Eduardo, hz tecn ɖ recñbōl t tîz wɖ Bṛzil’z most importnt tredpartnr, Ćîna, bî akzñ its Coḿnist parti līdrz v biyñ t blem fr ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis.

Bolsonaro’z ax́nz hv sparct nîtli pot-baññ protests in sitiz p n dǎn ɖ cuntri n drwn scorn fṛm acrs ɖ p’liticl spectṛm.

“C’roṇvîṛs mst b lafñ its hed of,” Eliane Cantanhêde, a coḷmnist fr ɖ cnsrvtiv Estado de São Paulo nyzpepr, rout v Bolsonaro’z antics ɖs wīc.

Ɖ rîtwñ guvnr v Bṛzil’z most popyḷs stet, São Paulo, hz dclerd ɖ cuntri at wor wɖ bʈ ɖ c’roṇvîṛs n ɖ “Bolsonaro-vîṛs”.

Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil. Photograph: Andre Lucas/The Guardian
Lŭla d’Silva, ɖ formr prezidnt v Bṛzil. Foṭgraf: Andre Lūc̣s/Ɖ Gardịn

Lula, hu guvnd fṛm 2003 untl 2010, clemd ɖt Bolsonaro’z “gṛtesc” ax́nz wr indenjrñ lîvz bî ignorñ distnsñgîdlînz pt in ples bî Bṛzil’z ǒn hlʈmiṇstri.“It’s naćṛl ɖt a porśn v ssayti dz’nt unḍstand ɖ nīd t ste at hom or hǎ sirịs ɖs z – ispeṣ́li ẃn ɖ prezidnt v ɖ rpublic z a trogḷdît hu sz it’s jst a litl flu,” Lula sd bî vidiocōl fṛm ɖ Bṛziłn siti v São Bernardo do Campo, ẃr h z in slf-îṣleśn aftr rtrnñ fṛm a tur v Yṛp.

“Ɖ truʈ z Bolsonaro dz’nt ʈnc abt ɖ impact hiz dstructiv acts hv on ssayti. H’z reclis.”Bolsonaro sz hiz opziśn t distnsñ stemz fṛm hiz dzîr t pṛtct Bṛzil’z most vulnṛbl sitiznz n ɖer jobz.

Aftr sacñ hiz hlʈministr, Bolsonaro clemd t b fîtñ fr “ɖ loñ-suf̣rñ Bṛziłn ppl” n wornd c’roṇvîṛs ʈretnd t bcm “a veriṭbl mìtgrîndr v jobz”.

“At no pônt hz ɖ guvnmnt abandnd ɖ nīdiist … Ɖ impoṿriśt masz canot ste stuc p at hom,” Bolsonaro sd. “I nǒ … lîf z prîslis. Bt ɖ icoṇmi n jobz mst rtrn t norml.”

Lula, hu wz born intu rṛl poṿti n wún inṭnaśnl plōdits fr hiz fît agnst hungr, scoft at ɖ îdīa Bolsonaro wz a ćampịn v ɖ pur.

“Bolsonaro z onli inṭrestd in himslf, hiz cidz, sm priti cnsrvtiv jenṛlz n hiz paṛmilitri frendz,” h clemd, in refṛns t loñstandñ aḷgeśnz ovr ɖ Bṛziłn prezidnt’s faṃlitîz t ɖ Rio de Janeiro mafia.

“H dz’nt spīc t ssayti. Bolsonaro dz’nt hv irz t lisn. H jst hz a mǎʈ t tōc nonsns.”

Ẃl Bṛzil’z formr prezidnt clemd impićmnt wz an opśn, h cnsidd ɖr wz nt cuṛntli s’port fr ɖt in ɖ cuntri’z congres, az ɖr wz ẃn hiz leftwñ s’xesr Dilma Rousseff wz rmuvd fṛm ofis in 2016.

H sd mni rîtwñ poḷtiśnz ʈt it wîzr t alǎ Bolsonaro t cntiny saḅtājñ hiz ćansz v riilex́n in 2022 ʈru hiz ǒn incompitns – bfr ilectñ anɖr prezidnt fṛm ɖ rît.

Lula, hu wz sîdlînd fṛm 2018’z ilex́n aftr biyñ jeld on dspytd c’rupśnćarjz, signld h wd nt b ɖ leftwñ canddet in ɖt contest.

Workers in protective gear bury a person alongside rows of freshly dug graves at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: André Penner/AP
Wrcrz in pṛtctiv gir beri a prsn alñsd roz v freśli dug grevz at ɖ Vila Formosa seṃtri in São Paulo, Bṛzil. Foṭgraf: Andre Penr/AP

“I’v lost mî p’liticl rîts so I’m nt tōcñ abt mslf,” sd Lula, hu wz rlist in Nvmbr 2019 fṛm 580 dez in prizn aftr a s’prīm-cort rūlñ.“Bt I’l tel y smʈñ, y cn b srtn ɖ left wl b guṿnñ Bṛzil agn aftr 2022. W d’nt nīd t tōc abt hu ɖ canddet z rît nǎ. Bt w wl vot fr smwn hu z cmitd t hymn rîts n rspcts ɖm, hu rspcts invîrnmntl pṛtx́n, hu rspcts ɖ Aṃzn … hu rspcts blacs n ɖ indijṇs. W’r gwñ t ilect smwn hu z cmitd t ɖ pur v ɖs cuntri.”

Obzrvrz v Bṛziłn poḷtics r les śr Bolsonaro z toṭli finiśt – or ɖt ɖ left z wel pziśnd t rples him. Sm b’liv Bolsonaro – wn v jst for wrldlīdrz stl dǎnpleyñ c’roṇvîṛs alñsd ɖ oʈoṛterịn prezidnts v Nic̣rağa, Beḷrŭs n Trcmenistan – hz obliṭretd hiz ćansz v a secnd trm wɖ hiz rspons t ɖ crîsis.

Bt Thomas Traumann, a p’liticl comntetr n cḿṇceśnzministr undr Rousseff, sd sć srtnti wz preṃtyr: “Ɖr r tū snć̣riz t g untl 2022.”

Traumann sd it wz clir Bolsonaro hd svirli wìcnd himslf – bt so far rîtwñ poḷtiśnz sć az ɖ guvnrz v Rio de Janeiro n São Paulo apird t b capiṭlîzñ on Bolsonaro’z blundrz ɖ most.

Jair Bolsonaro, right, with Luiz Henrique Mandetta, whom he has fired as health minister. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters
Jair Bolsonaro, rît, wɖ Luiz Henrique Mandetta, hūm h hz fîrd az hlʈministr. Foṭgraf: Adriano Machado/Rôtrz

N ultiṃtli Bṛzil wz hrtlñ intu sć an unpridictbl n ptnṣ́li tymulćs fy wīcs ɖt it wz imposbl t nǒ ẃt ɖ p’liticl fōlǎt mt b.

“W nǒ Bolsonaro wl cm ǎt v ɖs wìcr. W nǒ hiz mstecs wl nt b fgivn,” Traumann sd. Hǎ ɖ p’liticl ćips wd fōl aftr ɖt wz enwn’z ges, Traumann add, lîc̣nñ Bṛzil’z pridic̣mnt t ɖ start v a rolrcǒstr rîd.

“Ol w nǒ z ɖt mni lūps lî ahd … W r muvñ intu an uņoun wrld … W r sêlñ in ɖ darcnis.”

Lula sd h wz srtn v wn ʈñ: ɖt at a momnt v naśnl crîsis, Bṛzil nīdd a līdr ceṗbl v ynîtñ its 211 miłn sitiznz.

“A prezidnt śd b lîc ɖ cnductr v an orcistra,” h sd. “Ɖ probḷm z ɖt ǎr cnductr nz nʈñ abt ḿzic, c’nt rīd a scor n dz’nt īvn nǒ hǎ ɖ batnz wrc.

“H’z trayñ t ple clasicl ḿzic wɖ ɖ instṛmnts y yz t ple samba. H’z trnd hiz orcistra intu a madnis – a Tǎr v Bebl,” Lula sd. “H dz’nt nǒ ẃt h’z dwñ in ɖ preẓdnśl palis … Nt īvn Trump tecs him sirịsli.”

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