Jair Bolsonaro’s strong lead in the first round of the Presidential election in Brazil is a major blow to the progressive left in Latin America and a boost to all reactionary forces in the region.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was officially nominated as the Workers Party (PT) candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election in Brazil at the party’s national convention held on Saturday 4 August.
Recent events in Latin America entirely refute the claim in the Western media that the right wing was carrying all before it in the continent.
The 24th annual meeting of the São Paulo Forum gathered left-wing political parties from more than 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries between July 15th an 17th.
On 3 July the National Court of Justice of Ecuador ordered the preventive detention of the country’s former President Rafeal Correa and requested that he is extradited from Belgium where he is currently living.
When the left in Latin America suffered a series of electoral setbacks and other defeats in major countries on the continent, including Brazil and Argentina, the pro-imperialist media of course rushed to claim that the Latin American right was now sweeping all before it after the failure of the left – of the ‘pink tide’ which has pushed most countries in the continent to the left in the period after 2000. This was always a delusion.