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Mark it down as a poor night for Brazilian democracy and tolerance. The penultimate televised debate before next weekend’s presidential election was overshadowed by the homophobic rant of one of the fringe candidates.
Levy Fidelix is a conservative and former journalist who has no hope of winning, with a support rate below 1%. But given almost equal airtime to the leading candidates on national television on Sunday, he let rip with a torrent of invective.
The presidential hopeful claimed homosexuals “need psychological care” and were better kept “well away from [the rest of] us”. He joked that Brazil’s population of 200 million would be reduced by half if homosexuality were encouraged because “the excretory system” does not function as a means of reproduction.
With less than a week until polling day, the televised debate should have been an opportunity for the leading candidates to provide details about their programmes of government and to highlight weaknesses in their rivals’ positions. Instead it was mostly a mix of bland statements and character attacks.
Luciana Genro from the Socialism and Liberty party, made impressive use of her time to highlight the flaws in rival programmes and to warn of the social dangers of homophobia. As in previous debates, the Green party’s Eduardo Jorge also won plaudits for his grasp of detail and support for marijuana liberalisation.
That left televangelist pastor Everaldo Pereira, who is running on an anti-abortion, anti-gay rights platform, came across as relatively moderate in comparison with Fidelix.
Who else is scared after watching the presidental debate???
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same with O Ó Õ Ô / E É Ê
Ç replaces S sometimes
suffixes are formed with S instead of Z after diphthongs
C+H / N+H / L+H and R+R, are specific sounds
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expressing up to 6 different grammatical tenses
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