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Uruguay: Miranda Says Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil's Democracy

  • Miranda said a Bolsonaro victory would be comparable with the arrival of Hitler to power.

    Miranda said a Bolsonaro victory would be comparable with the arrival of Hitler to power. | Photo: EFE

Published 12 October 2018

Javier Miranda warned about the rise of the extreme right, evident not only in Latin America but also in Europe. Highlighting that a possible victory of Bolsonaro could be comparable with the arrival of Adolf Hitler to power.

The leaders of Uruguay's governing political coalition, Broad Front, voiced their concern about the rise of the far-right in Brazil. In a statement, the president of the political party, Javier Miranda, said that a possible victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil would represent a democratic fall in that nation.

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Miranda, who leads the party where Jose Pepe Mujica is a militant, also warned that this rise of the extreme right is not only evident in Latin America, but also in Europe. The president said that a victory for Bolsonaro would be comparable to the arrival of Adolf Hitler to power.

"Hitler in 1932 was [also] voted by the Germans," he recalled. "Then he ended the Weimar Republic and inaugurated the barbarism of Nazifascism," Miranda explained

The statement written by the political organization said: "The Broad Front expresses its deep concern about the advance of fascist forces, which, using democracy as the main instrument of citizenship as in other opportunities, openly propose cutting back on rights and promoting a call to hatred, violence and discrimination against millions of people."

The ruling party in Uruguay also said that the elections in Brazil are highly irregular as the most popular politician in the country has not been allowed to run for president: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The Broad Front also pledged support for Brazil's Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad, who is running against Jair Bolsonaro in the second round of the presidential elections.

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