Protests in Brazil for fair elections: World in photos

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World in Photos: Brazilians take to the streets – demanding fair elections

Brazilians will be choosing their next president in less than two months, and it’s safe to say that tensions are running higher every day. This week, thousands of people took to the streets of the country’s largest cities, demanding that the current administration of Jair Bolsonaro accept the results of the October vote.

The protests follow Bolsonaro’s latest calls to diplomats raising concerns about the country’s voting system and his now-famous quote from last year’s Independence Day in Brazil: “Only God will remove me from power.” For many Brazilians, the fears echo worries in the U.S. — namely, that Bolsonaro might be following in Donald Trump’s footsteps, contesting votes even before elections have happened. The Brazilian president has also openly received praise from Trump supporters.

Bolsonaro’s main rival, the leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served in prison in 2018 and was charged for corruption and money laundering, drives strong opinions from voters, both good and bad. In recent polls, Lula holds a commanding lead over Bolsonaro — 47-29 percent.

In these photos are scenes from the streets of the capital, Brasília, and from São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city and home to the University of São Paulo Law School, where many students and faculty have historically fought for democracy in the country. They said they were protesting against Bolsonaro’s reelection — but above all, they demanded respect for the outcome.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: People stage a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of democracy and elections at Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 11, 2022. With the participation of social movements, students and workers, the protesters displayed posters and banners against the government. (Photo by Paulo Lopes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
24 July 2022, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the official campaign launch for his re-election. Brazil's general elections are set for October 2, 2022. Photo: Fernando Souza/ (Photo by Fernando Souza/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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