The New Yorker:
In the hours after Brazil’s far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of the Presidential election, on Sunday, his opponents began circulating a viral meme on social networks. It is a riff on the latest stunt by the artist Banksy, in which a shredder concealed in the frame of one of his paintings destroyed the work immediately after an anonymous bidder had bought it, for more than a million dollars, at an auction at Sotheby’s, in London. In the meme, it is the green, yellow, and blue Brazilian flag, with its slogan “Ordem e Progresso”—Order and Progress—that is shredded.
Bolsonaro, a congressman and former Army captain who has said that he will install a severe law-and-order government and who speaks nostalgically of restoring Brazil’s military dictatorship, took forty-six per cent of the vote, just under the fifty-per-cent minimum required to win outright. He was trailed by Fernando Haddad, who won twenty-nine per cent of the vote for the leftist Workers’ Party, or P.T., as a stand-in candidate for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s charismatic former President, who has been jailed since April on corruption charges and was ineligible to run. The third-place candidate, the center-left veteran Ciro Gomes, garnered a mere 12.5 per cent. Gomes said that he would throw his support behind Haddad in the second-round runoff, scheduled for October 28th, in what he called “a fight for democracy and against Fascism.”
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