Brazilians call for boycotts of major companies that support Bolsonaro

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03/05/2020

Brazilians appalled by Jair Bolsonaro’s bigotry and authoritarianism are calling for boycotts of major companies whose founders or owners support the far-right president. Bolsonaro has often attacked LBGT people, indigenous people, and journalists, and expressed admiration for military dictatorship, but the immediate trigger for the boycotts was a planned demonstration against the country’s Democratic institutions, which has been backed by some business leaders – and the president himself. “I’m trying to combat a feeling of impotence,” said Edwin Carvalho, 39, a journalism professor in the southern city of Florianópolis, who posted a message on a closed LGBT Facebook group with 320,000 members calling for a boycott of the Latin America-wide Smart Fit gym chain.

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