Polarization turns to violence in Brazil

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“Hey, faggots, beware: Bolsonaro will kill all the poofs,” sang a horde of men on the São Paulo subway. The scene was filmed – and shared on social media – by Luis Othavio Nunes, a homosexual man, who warned: “LGBT people must realize the risk [Jair Bolsonaro] represents to us all.”

Since last year, we’ve warned that the 2018 elections had all the ingredients to be the nastiest campaign in Brazilian history. But we could not anticipate the levels of violence and hatred we have seen. Over the past few days, we saw a journalist stabbed and threatened with...

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