Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster. The collapsed dam at Vale SA’s Corrego do Feijao mine buried mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho, killing dozens and leaving the community in shock.
Brazil’s first and only openly gay congressman has announced that he is leaving his job – and the country – after receiving death threats. Wyllys, who was re-elected in October and had been set to begin a third term in February, was a close friend of Marielle Franco, the gay Rio councilwoman who was shot and killed along with her driver in March. His departure is likely to add to fears among Brazil’s LGBT community that homophobia is set to rise even further under the government of president Jair Bolsonaro, who has won notoriety for his overt homophobia.
Jair Bolsonaro has announced Brazil’s “liberation from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness” after being sworn in as the country’s 42nd president. Bolsonaro, a former army captain who served seven undistinguished terms as a member of Brazil’s lower house, was until this year regarded as a marginal figure known for his outbursts against leftists and LGBT people. He rode a wave of righteous anger to power provoked by sweeping corruption scandals and economic recession that Bolsonaro blamed on the leftist Workers’ party that ran Brazil for 13 years.
Brazilian celebrity faith healer Joao Teixeira de Faria known as ‘John of God’ turned himself into authorities on Sunday in Goias after being accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women. De Faria turned himself in after failing to comply with his initial arrest warrant deadline on Saturday. De Faria denies all allegations.
Five people were killed and others wounded when a gunman opened fire in a Catholic cathedral near the city of San Paulo, Brazil. The shooting took place near the end of a midday service. The gunman killed himself before police were able to arrest him. The motive for the attack remains unclear.
Brazil’s new far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro to the position of justice minister. Moro oversaw ‘Operation Car Wash’ which was accused of unfairly targeting left-wing politicians. US national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday that Bolsonaro is a ‘like-minded,’ grouping his election with other rightist leaders.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election with 55.2% of the votes on Sunday, beating left-wing Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro’s election campaign promised to focus on Brazil’s high crime levels and target corruption. Bolsonaro called himself a ‘defender of freedom’ during his victory speech. Haddad said Brazil’s democracy was ‘at stake.’
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday with 46% of the vote. He needed 50% of the vote for an outright win. Bolsonaro will face left-wing Workers’ Party Candidate Fernando Haddad in the second round of elections on October 28th. Bolsonaro in Brazil has been compared to President Trump.
Imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Tuesday, ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month’s election. The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence. Lula had stepped aside to allow running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency.
The leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential election, far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed on Thursday at a campaign rally. Bolsonaro is in serious but stable condition and may need two months recovery. Bolsonaro is a controversial politician, having offended many with homophobic and racist comments. The stabbing added another twist to Brazil’s unpredictable election.