© Reuters. Residents of Brazil wait in line to forged their vote of their nation’s election, in Lisbon, Portugal, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
By Catarina Demony and Miguel Pereira
LISBON (Reuters) – Brazilian Artur Dantas moved to Portugal six months in the past due to political rigidity in his nation however he hopes the results of Sunday’s elections may permit him and others to return dwelling at some point.
Dantas and hundreds of others in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, the town with the most important variety of Brazilian voters exterior the South American nation, queued – some for hours – to forged their ballots within the first spherical of Brazil’s most polarised election in a long time.
Almost 81,000 Brazilians in Portugal are registered to vote, with greater than half heading to the polls in Lisbon. Lengthy queues have been additionally reported in different European cities, together with London and Paris.
Excessive voter turnout led Brazilian authorities to maintain the Lisbon polling station opened till 8 p.m. as a substitute of 5 p.m. as initially deliberate.
Most opinion polls within the contest for president have proven leftist former chief Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with a strong lead over right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. However Bolsonaro has signalled he might refuse to just accept defeat, stoking fears of institutional disaster or post-election violence.
“I got here (to Portugal) exactly due to the political rigidity … I imagine Lula will pacify the nation and plenty of Brazilians may have the ability to return,” mentioned Dantas, a 23-year-old waiter.
The queue to vote in Lisbon snaked across the metropolis’s regulation college, and voters appeared deeply divided. There have been some confrontations and exchanges of accusations between supporters from either side.
The Portuguese police has mobilised officers to stop violence at polling stations.
Some voters wore t-shirts with Lula’s title and face on it whereas others wore Brazil’s yellow and inexperienced soccer jersey, which has turn into a logo of these backing Bolsonaro.
However exterior the college’s entrance, Jacilene Maceao, a 53-year-old cleaner who has lived in Portugal for practically 20 years, wore the jersey as a option to reclaim it. She desires Lula to win.
“Bolsonaro has finished nothing for Brazil,” she mentioned. “He pretends to be evangelic however he is not evangelic … he is the satan’s son.”
As Maceao and others shouted “Lula”, some shouted again: “Thief!”. Lula, who was president from 2003 to 2010, served a conviction for graft that was later overturned.
Claudio Alves, 28, who wore a crucifix necklace, mentioned Bolsonaro might get Brazil “out of the outlet it’s in”.
“Brazil is a really wealthy nation and has nice potential however due to PT (Lula’s get together) and a few years of stealing and corruption Brazil is within the state it’s in,” he mentioned as his younger son stood subsequent to him. “I need a greater Brazil.”