The former minister and president Ciro Gomes (PDT) is going this Monday, 12, to Morro da Mangueira, one of the symbols of samba in Rio, in search of a program to combat racism. The pedetista will have lunch in the community with babalawo Ivanir dos Santos, a character in the debates on African-based religions and religious intolerance, and other representatives of the black movement. The idea is for Ivanir, a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), to help coordinate a national program to combat racial discrimination.
The state registers recurrent attacks on Afro-Brazilian cults, in addition to violent police actions in poor areas, predominantly inhabited by blacks and browns. “Rio is a kind of synthesis of Brazil. In addition, Ciro had the second highest vote in the city in 2018 and we have a strong candidate for the state government”, said the national president of the PDT, Carlos Lupi.
Ciro even has reasons to cultivate the carioca electorate with extreme care. In Rio de Janeiro, it had 19.49% of the vote for president in 2018. There were 645,674 votes (19.49%), almost 250,000 more than Fernando Haddad, from PT. In the state, Ciro also won the PT, but by less than 45 thousand votes. The pedetista now invests in the electorate’s memory of his name to try again for the presidency. He is also going to Duque de Caxias, in the Baixada Fluminense, with about 1 million inhabitants, to take over the new PDT directory. In Niterói, governed by Mayor Axel Grael (PDT), he will receive the title of Niteroi citizen.
The party begins to prepare the former mayor of Niterói, Rodrigo Neves, for the local dispute. Neves left the post well evaluated, managed to elect his successor and is appointed as a candidate for the Guanabara Palace with good potential for votes and a strong platform for Ciro in the state. Besides him, there is the opposition federal deputy Marcelo Freixo (PSB) and the president of the OAB, Felipe Santa Cruz, with the support of Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD).
Ciro is the third presidential candidate to visit Rio at campaign pace in recent weeks. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and Rio Grande do Sul Governor Eduardo Leite (PSDB), two other possible presidential candidates in 2022, also chose the state as the starting point for pre-election trips.
When he was in Rio last month, Lula also had among his commitments a debate with black and community leaders. The rights of people living in Rio’s favelas are considered a key issue for opposition to the state’s pocketbook.
The toucan Eduardo Leite, who will compete in the tucanas, visited the new state president of the PSDB, Otavio Leite, and the presenter Luciano Huck, who abandoned the idea of being a candidate next year.
In addition to them, President Jair Bolsonaro himself recently participated in events with strong electoral appeal in the city. The main one was a motorcycle in May.
Cradle of pocketbookism, Rio is considered a key platform for the opposition. In recent years, the state has experienced a series of political and economic crises, with corruption scandals and governors arrested and removed.
The information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
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