Thursday, July 23, 2020

Brazilian football fans protest homophobic racist president Bolsonaro

Brazilian football fans from rival teams are joining together to protest against their homophobic racist president Jair Bolsonaro.

Rogerio Bassetto, a fan of one of Brazil’s most famous football teams Corinthians, explained what it took for fanatical football fans of rival teams to come together: “Our president is a homophobic racist and we all have to stand up to this enemy of humanity!”

Bassetto has not become one of the most recognizable faces in Brazil because of his love for football though, but because he the leader of the protests against Bolsonaro. In doing so, he has won the support of fans from arch-rivals Corinthians, Palmeiras, Sao Paulo and Santos. The fans from the four biggest clubs in Sao Paulo have demonstrated against the country's leader.

Fears have been growing that Bolsonaro will soon exert more control over the country’s Supreme Court, one of few forces in the country able to progress civil, including LGBT, rights.

Bolsonaro, who for months shrugged off pleas to take the novel coronavirus seriously and who refused to wear a face mask before they were “too gay”, has tested positive for COVID-19…. again.

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