It's a shame that I come here to tell this to you guys, but I can't keep myself in silence when my country is going through a terrible crisis.
It's not today that Brazil is going through a political crisis. Us, brazilians are used to the constant corruption that comes from ALL the political parties. Our democracy system isn't perfect and there a lot of issues left unsolved, corruption scandals and many other problems. But that's not one single party like some people like to believe, it's all of them.
The problem is, media don't see it this way and some parties are more exposed to corruption than others. And this led people to believe that a single party was responsible for ALL the problems in Brazil, ignoring the others. And this is where danger lives.
I'm not saying I'm a supporter of said party. I know all parties are involved in corruption scandals somehow, so I don't trust any political party in particular, or a single politician. But things scalated to a way where fanatism and hatred is spreading fast among our people to the point where many are being blinded by their own hatred and ignorance.
We live in a democracy. It's only normal for people to have different opinions. We are human beings and we are different, that's what makes us unique. We all have the right to think whatever we believe in. But when people start to see different opinions as a "threat" and as an "enemy", there's where the problem lives. And that's what we're going through right now.
In this year of 2018, we're going through one of the most violent and polarized elections ever. There's a far-right candidate who openly defended torture, military dictatorship and opression and hatred against minorities (LGBT people, black people, indigenous people, women, etc). His speech of hatred divided our people and is stimulating violence against this group of people. The neonazis now have courage to go out and proclaim their hatred against those groups, saying that if this canditade wins, he's going to exterminate all of them. Cases of violence have been reported all over the country ever since the first round of elections ended (with the neo-fascist canditade on the lead - which is more scary). Swasticas are being painted on the walls with threats against minorites.
As a fervent History student and lover, I can see many similarities between our situation now with the rise of fascim in Italy and in Germany. This canditade is being idolized as a hero, as a "myth" as some call him. They see him as a solution to all problems in the country because he says he's going to liberate guns for the "good citizen" to combat crime. His followers refuse to see him as a bad guy, they refuse to use logical arguments even when there are evidences that he's completely inexperienced and is also involved in corruption and criminal charges.
Recently, Roger Waters, founder of the famous rock band Pink Floyd, came to Brazil to a concert. In this concert, he tried to warn the brazilian people against the rise of fascism. He was received with cheers and jeers. More about this can be read here: www.theguardian.com/music/2018…
I grew up watching movies and documentaries about nazism and fascism. When I watched them, I thought: "How could this happen? How could many people be so easily manipulated by lies like that?" Never, ever in my whole life, I expected I would live to see this happening in my very own country, within my very own people, within my very own family and friends... When I used to study nazism at school I always thought: "This is a thing from the past. It will never happen again." But I was wrong. So very, very wrong...
Fascism is always among us, creeping through the cracks and holes of democracy, waiting for the perfect moment to attack, like a serpent. It is always waiting for the moment where democracy goes weak, so it can strike with force. Fascim is always near... We just don't want to see it until it's too late. It's inside our own families, our own friends...
But I still believe in democracy. I still believe in my people, even if my faith has been damaged these days, seeing so many people blinded by their own ignorance... We will fight for democracy. We will fight against fascism. But there's still a chance fascism might win... The fascist candidate is on the lead in the pools and that's what scaries me the most... I fear for my people, for my family, for me, for my future.
So this is a warning against fascism... And a cry for help.
You can read more about what's happening in my country on those links. www.theguardian.com/world/braz… www.theguardian.com/world/2018… www.theguardian.com/world/2018… www.newstatesman.com/world/201…