A disastrous day for Brazil’s democracy; a catastrophic day for the climate – MEP calls for suspension of EU-Latin American trade deal negotiations

Molly, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Brazil delegation, has described the election of far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, as disastrous news for people and planet. Bolsonaro secured 55% of the vote against his left rival, Fernando Haddad, who won 45%.

Responding to the news, Molly said:

“This is disastrous news for people and planet. Brazil now has a man in charge who is anti-democratic, racist, misogynous, homophobic and who has openly praised Brazil’s military dictatorship and its use of torture and murder.

“Our thoughts today are with the Brazilian people whose fundamental rights are under threat. In particular women, LGBTIQ+ people, black and indigenous peoples, favela dwellers, and landless people will all be severely affected. 

“This is also a catastrophic day for the environment. Bolsonaro has poured scorn on the Paris Agreement on climate change and threatened to open up the Amazon to commercial interests. This would trash the homelands of indigenous groups and destroy one of the planet’s most important carbon sinks, just at a time when scientists have reiterated how important forests are in preventing climate breakdown.  

“But it’s a good day for Brazil’s elite who helped propel Bolsonaro to victory and will welcome seeing democracy sacrificed at the altar of private profits. The oligarchy – banks, agrobusiness and big capital – and the Pentecostal churches, all decided to give Bolsonaro their full support.”

Molly has called on the EU to respond to the election of Bolsonaro by suspending negotiations on the proposed EU-Mercosur trade deal between the EU and four founding Latin American countries, which includes Brazil. She said:

“The EU must show solidarity with the people of Brazil, stand up for our environment and demonstrate the importance of the Amazon to protecting the global climate. They must immediately suspend negotiations on an EU-Mercosur trade agreement until we are sure that human rights will be respected and Brazil’s globally important enviornment is protected.”