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The 2022 Presidential Elections in Brazil from a Social Movements Perspective

Publié le 5 mai 2022 Mis à jour le 5 mai 2022

The year 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s independence. This historical milestone coincides with a deep and enduring political, economic, social, and public health crisis. Despite a ghastly record of welfare state retrenchment, human rights violations, environmental suffering, pandemic-related death, and isolation from the international community, the current far-right president and former army captain Jair Bolsonaro enjoys considerable support from his base of hardcore followers. Against this background, the return to politics of former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva—Bolsonaro's main rival in the upcoming presidential elections—promises to exacerbate tensions in a country already marked by extreme polarization. Can Lula rally the groups of Brazil’s fragmented political landscape around his candidacy despite the strong opposition his party—the PT—faces in many sectors of Brazilian society? Can Bolsonaro rebuild the neoliberal and neoconservative front that brought him to power in 2018 despite the current economic and public health disasters? And what role will social movements play in an electoral process in which the future of the country is at stake? 

This round table offers a foray into the multiple challenges facing Brazilian democracy in the run-up to a decisive presidential election. Through the analysis of various forms of social mobilization and resistance in areas ranging from the rights of the LGBTQ community to religion, environmentalism, and housing, the aim is to shed light on the actions and perspectives of grassroot actors carrying an alternative project in a context rife with hostility, intimidation, and crime. 

Le 13 juin 2022

de 14h00 à 16h30


ULB - Institut d'études européennes
Salle Kant
39, Av. F.D. Roosevelt - 1050 Bruxelles
To join the meeting on Teams, click here.
Contact : Marie-Line Furst