Competing in Brazil's elections under threat of death | International
The aspiring deputy Duda Salabert keeps a collection of the death threats she has received since the beginning of her electoral campaign, many of them signed with Nazi symbols. The right wing has made the transgender candidate the target of repeated and anonymous attacks. About 80% of the trans candidates competing for an official position in the elections this Sunday, October 2 in Brazil have received threats or intimidation in these elections, according to the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals of Brazil (ANTRA).
Salabert and her family try to go about their daily lives in the city of Belo Horizonte, followed by a team of bodyguards and wearing bulletproof vests. These measures to safeguard her life have cost the current councilwoman 20% of her campaign funds. Given the political climate of violence, activists have denounced the lack of security offered to trans politicians by the Bolsonarist government.
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