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Video shows Brazil militia blocking Lula voters

Margin of support is greater than result suggests, if footage of police targeting busloads of supporters of new left-wing president is anything to go by

As Skwawkbox reported yesterday, Brazil’s left-wing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, is the country’s new president-elect after a narrow 2-point win over the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro – but reports of attempts to impede and frighten off voters in Lula’s strongholds were widespread.

And it seems clear that state interference in the voting process was extensive and large-scale, as the footage below of highway police stopping and detaining busloads of would-be voters in areas of Lula’s core support indicates:

There are also reports of some five million ‘disallowed’ votes that may add to the scale of Lula’s real support among the people of Brazil, but no details of the putative reason for ‘disallowing’ the votes has yet been disclosed. Footage of roadblocks and arrests appears to be conspicuous by its absence on ‘mainstream’ news channels, as media pundits continue to equivocate about the significance of the result.

Lula’s victory despite the odds and obstacles is a sign of hope for those around the world who want real change and not tinkering with the broken capitalist model.

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30 comments

  1. Absolutely delighted Lula won despite the attempts to prevent his democratic victory.
    If Starmer ever gets into power here, given the contempt he has shown for democracy and natural justice and his inclination towards dictatorship he’d be as bad as Bolsonaro – in fact many of Starmers Socialist and Anti Zionist victims vilified as ” antisemites” and hounded out of the party would probably say he’d be worse. The same goes for our BAME and Muslim brothers and sisters who have also been treated appallingly by him.

  2. Meanwhile, back in blighty, Lindsay ‘Eeh lad, ah just LUV t’establishment, t’monnurkey an’ orl t’pomp “n’ suuurcumstance that goes wi’ it, ah doo” Hoyle says he found no evidence of of MPs being cajoled into voting for fracking the other week.

    His findings (In his best chorrrrrleh accent) were:

    “Anywun who sez they were forced int’ wrong gert by that lankeh southern jesseh, Rees-Mogg, is a great big fat liuh – and a grert wet flannel.”

  3. BREAKING NEWS

    Shaima Dallali has been sacked as president of the National Union of Students (NUS) after a months-long independent investigation into allegations of antisemitism, the NUS has confirmed.
    After being suspended from her role at the end of August, it is understood that the organisation has decided to dismiss her for gross misconduct.
    In a statement, the student organisation said: “Following the independent KC-led investigation into allegations of antisemitism, specifically into the then-President Elect under the NUS Code of Conduct, an independent panel has found that significant breaches of NUS’ policies have taken place. As per this finding, we have terminated the President’s contract.”
    The NUS added: “We are sorry for the harm that has been caused and we hope to rebuild the NUS in an inclusive way – fighting for all students as we have done for the past 100 years.”

    https://www.thejc.com/news/news/shaima-dallali-sacked-as-nus-president-after-antisemitism-investigation-60pJUIaxpqtzEodLEN7EgU

  4. I just heard about Dallali on the News.

    Meanwhile – we hear how she
    has been the subject of Islamophobic abuse.

    Will we ever hear details about the KC-led
    enquiry? So far the only anti-semitic accusation
    was a 10 year old tweet – which she apologised for long ago.

      1. Reply to Steve H
        This is very worrying – a religious fundamentalist being given power by the Israeli electorate. His motivation will not only be political but will be driven by dogma and religious zeal. We saw something similar in Ulster with the long term dominance of Ian Paisley and look where that led.
        I think we can take it that this election is a clearest indication yet that the suppression of Palestinian rights will continue (and probably escalate) for the foreseeable future.

    1. Reply to Goldbach
      I don’t think this is any surprise to most people who subscribe to this site and other similar sites. The problem is that it isn’t reported in the MSM or by the state broadcaster, the BBC, so most people don’t know or understand just how much our politics are dominated by Zionists and the Zionist agenda. Until this dominance is exposed – and there is no chance of that – it will continue and anyone who calls it out will be denounced as an “antisemite”, hounded out of their job, have their reputation trashed and if they are Labour members expelled from the party. This naturally scares a lot of people into silence.
      The Zionists really have it all sewn up.

  5. To all the fuckwits who blindly support PR
    Bibi’s back
    It only works if you do the remedial works, the checks and balances needed to prevent your democracy being held to ransom by loony fringe groups

    1. Quite correct Doigal.

      All’s PR does is hand the cranks the balance of power.

      1. It’s also a lot cheaper to buy off smaller groups
        Money talks

  6. And he’s off again…

    “When I was DPP, I prosecuted people smugglers….” 😴😴😴

  7. Doug, though there may be compelling evidence elsewhere of my fuckwittery, I don’t agree that the system (of PR) is at fault if it produces results you don’t agree with, rather as you imply, a combination of a poor system adopted and an electorate starved of a press that is broad in its politics. Under FPTP the ERG wing of the Tory party have held sway, I would argue, more effectively than if they had been a distinct political entity under PR.

    1. Tim
      Thatcher destroyed the post war consensus, 40 years later our system has been completely corrupted
      Its the same the whole world over, the ‘let them eat cakes’ have gone global
      Time to dust off the pitchforks

    2. Yes Tim White, absolutely agree. For a suppressed democratic socialist to distrust PR – and the electoral reform it implies – is dangerous – akin to throwing a baby out with the bathwater.

      1. Every vote should count, compulsory voting and political education, certainly
        But until you set up a nuclear deterrent to the corruption of our democracy on every level you are pissing in the wind
        Iron fist inside a velvet glove, it’s the old JC / Wolfie Smith versus Stalin argument

  8. Interesting – It appears that political debate is allowed in France.
    The French TV channel, Canal+, has a weekly programme called Dossier (File of the Day) where a topic is presented and then an invited panel has a chaired discussion. Last week the programme was about Ukraine. One of the pane, Bertrand Scholler, was arguing that France should not be arming Ukraine (can you imagine anyone being allowed to do that on UK TV?). The station always has the facility for viewers to vote on which position in a discussion has their support, and tens of thousands vote each week. Viewers were asked to vote on whether or not they supported the view that France should not be arming Ukraine. 76.7% agreed with that view. The audience is, apparently, somewhat skewed to the under 40s, but otherwise is thought to be reasonably representative.

    1. Goldbach, thanks for the tip. My brother lives in France and he has kept this quiet. I shall follow it up.

  9. Mmmm?
    US inflation rate was 8.2% in September and the Fed has just raised interest rates by 0.75%, less than a week before the mid-terms.
    Regime change?

  10. The fed want a strong doller position and its at the expense of the pound and especially the euro which is lower than the US doller now has macron along with the UK continue to feed the Ukraine monster….does anyone know were all the weapons end up?
    .Russia’s pleading on nuclear weapons largley ignored just like the warnings on Maiden….and we know the results of that..!The USA are struggling with debt and deficit and europe and the UK are but Pawns in a game that stretches to the other side of the world and will come to a climax in the S.China sea….end of?

    1. Whats it like to be a Lab rat in a experiment with the results obvious
      .Interest rates to control inflation does not work The people once again are told that they will carry the burden of greed and corruption.This planned so called recession is a tactic that will not work and never has done .Keynesian economics proved that the exact opposite of the medicine proclaimed by neo liberal partys is a must for survival….More spending with a up in production and distribution is the only way out of a manufactured Slump.
      The USA proved this more than ninty years ago by showing the world that personal wealth cannot lift a country out of decline but the people can by spending not cuts.The bank of England raises questions about who runs Britain and why the interest rate is the blinkered approach to economic mismagment…The pound slumps whilst the doller rises even though the interest rate was raised.in the UK and the USA..IF America wants to compete with China without any damage to everyone then they must start producing once again and using their massive reserves to manufacture not export War,bio labs and WMD s
      .Following the Bank of England is a recipe for disaster and stagflation.Think again and think about the people for a “change ”
      Theres a bigger picture outside of the western world slump but thats another story…for now we need a leader and a movement for democratic change…none of the partys in London or Washington dc can provide a solution.to those who produced the carnage to come..!

  11. Recent reports do not have the comments facility, so it is here that I will put this comment.
    When I look at the hysteria that has been concocted about “The Chinese” and ” The Russians” over the past decade my mind goes back to a musical theatre production, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, that I saw in the 1950s. There was a song that described the attitudes in “The West” that we have seen all our lives, and which has become more strident in the past decade. I have managed to find the lyrics. Here they are:
    “You’ve got to be taught
    To hate and fear,
    You’ve got to be taught
    From year to year,
    It’s got to be drummed
    In your dear little ear
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.
    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.
    You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught!”
    ………. and so we are now in the state we’re in.

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