Wednesday, February 21

Lula da Silva Not Allowed to Link Bolsonaro to Cannibalism

A Brazilian judge has banned Lula da Silva from using an ad that links current President Jair Bolsonaro to cannibalism.

Brazilians will go to the polls in three weeks to elect a new president. The battle between the two remaining candidates, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his left-wing challenger, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is fierce.

For example, a judge this weekend banned a campaign spot by Lula da Silva linking Bolsonaro to cannibalism. Lula’s campaign spot ‘lacked context’ was the verdict.

The ad features a video from 2016. In it, Bolsonaro, then a member of parliament, describes in an interview with The New York Times a “cannibalistic ritual” that he says is still performed by an indigenous community in northern Brazil. “They cook the meat for two or three days and eat it with bananas,” he says. He also suggests that he would be willing to eat “a cooked Indian”. Then a voice-over can be heard: “After all the absurdities that Brazil has already heard from Bolsonaro, he reveals here that he would now also eat human flesh.”

The judge edited the interview to falsely suggest “that the candidate Bolsonaro would consume human flesh under any circumstances.”

Lula, who was president from 2002 to 2010, defended the ad. “It is not our campaign that insinuates this; he himself said it to an American journalist. We only inform the voter.”

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