Top candidates condemn violence of their followers | ZEIT ONLINE

In the face of numerous cases of politically motivated violence in Brazil, the two presidential candidates remaining in the race have called on their followers to be modest. The ultra-right leader in the polls, Jair Bolsonaro, condemned the excesses on Thursday – making threats to offenders. Fernando Haddad of the left-wing workers' party PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) also called for an end to the brutality.
            Recently, there have been multiple attacks on journalists, activists or homosexuals in Brazil. Many of the acts of violence are attributed to Bolsonaro's followers. According to the independent journalists group Agência Pública, since September 30, there have been 50 attacks by so-called Bolsonaristas. During the same period, six followers Bolsonaro were attacked.
            Bolsonaro, a former army officer, is considered a favorite before the runoff election on 28 October. On Wednesday of this week, he distanced himself from the violence: He has no control over his supporters. "If a guy goes too far with my T-shirt – what's that got to do with me," he told journalists.
            At a meeting with congressmen in Rio the Janeiro Bolsonaro said the following day: "Even if they are my supporters, I will let them pay for it, if they disobey the law." Previously, Haddad accused him of looking away from the attacks of his followers.
            Haddad said the parties must tackle the problem together. He also suggested signing a pact with Bolsonaro for a ban on violence.
            The 63-year-old Bolsonaro spoke repeatedly in the election campaign benevolent about the military dictatorship of 1964 and 1985. In addition, he announced a crackdown on criminals. He repeatedly commented on women, blacks and homosexuals.
            In early September Bolsonaro had been attacked with a knife, the campaign he led since then from the hospital bed. After the incident, his poll numbers increased significantly. For weeks Bolsonaro could not participate in debates and spread
his messages instead in the social media.
            Polls Predict Bolsonaro's Significant Victory To Bolsonaro's Victory
Haddad is currently forging a "democratic front" to which
should also count the Catholic Church. On Thursday, Haddad met the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference,
Auxiliary Bishop Leonardo Steiner. In doing so, Haddad undertook according to its own statements
 in addition, in a victory, the reform criticized by the church
 of labor law and the budget cap. Both
had been passed by the current government of conservative President Michel Temer against the protest of the church.
                With about two thirds put members of the Catholic Church in
Brazil the majority of the population. However, it is traditional
 a party political opinion. However, Steiner had it on Monday
warned populists who wanted to "destroy the democratic system".
            Irrespective of this, Bolsonaro faces a clear victory: The right-wing populist can count on 58 per cent of the votes in the run-off ballot.

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