Drawing of Martirena

It’s been a long time since the jersey of the selection Brazil came out of football stadiums to also parade in political events. But as the green and yellow of the national flag took hold in the locker room of Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters [l’actuel président d’extrême droite, en lice pour sa réélection en octobre]it’s a whole other section of the Brazilian population that has detached itself from this national symbol – one image among others of the fracture that has opened up in the country.

Recently, however, Brazilians who rejected these emblems are claiming them again. There was Daniela Mercury draped in the Brazilian flag [lors d’un concert à São Paulo, le 1er mai dernier]Anitta and her green, yellow and blue outfit at the festival [américain] of Coachella, or the jersey of the Brazilian Football Confederation endorsed by the rapper Djonga at the Breve festival, organized in April in Belo Horizonte: openly anti-Bolsonaro artists are reclaiming symbols that had been monopolized by the president’s camp.

With the approach of the presidential election, it is even a vast movement of reappropriation that is taking shape [sur les réseaux sociaux]behind hashtags like #ABandeiraÉNossa, #DevolvamANossaBandeira or #RetomadaDaBandeira [#leDrapeauNousAppartient, #Rendez-nousNotreDrapeau, #RepriseDuDrapeau]and even in the performances of militant artists.

Overcome hesitation

Not so long ago, however, the same people were more timid, even hesitant. Thus Daniela Mercury, two years ago, had hesitated to carry the flag during a concert: some of her friends said at the time that they did not want to drape themselves in the colors of a country which disappointed them too much, colors which moreover risked making them pass for Bolsonarists, she says.

But the singer from the state of Bahia has since overcome this uncertainty to step up. “We must show that these symbols are those of a people in its diversity, and in no case those of an extremist minority”, insists Daniela Mercury, who for Workers’ Day [le 1er mai] took part in an event organized by seven trade union centers in São Paulo, where she successively waved the national flag, the red banner bearing the star of the Workers’ Party [PT, gauche] and a portrait of young Lula [l’ancien chef de l’État (2003-2011), membre du PT, sera le principal rival de Bolsonaro à la présidentielle]. “These flags are distinct, they carry different meanings – there is that of a new government [potentiel] and that of a nation, she explains. We have to unite green, yellow, white, blue and red.”

This demonstration has earned the singer to be accused of having engaged in a “showmicio” pro-Lula[meetingwithabigshowportmanteauwordformedfromEnglish[meetingàgrandspectaclemot-valiseformédel’anglaisshow and Portuguese comício, “election”; unlike a concert, a political rally cannot legally pr

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Folha de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo)

Born in 1921, the “Leaf of São Paulo” underwent a makeover in the early 1980s with the key words: objectivity, modernity, openness. The daily has become the most influential in the country, attracting the interest, among others, of a young elite who are fighting for the consolidation of democracy.

In the early 1980s, the Folha decided to adopt a modern management that should give priority to the professionalism and internal training of its employees following a reflection by young journalists who have reached key positions in the newspaper. This established in the drafting a great deal of freedom of action and sharing of responsibilities. With seven daily notebooks plus the fifteen weekly notebooks, the newspaper brings much more than the essential news. Its excellent photographic illustration is also an asset. In 1989, the Folha became the first Brazilian newspaper to have an ombudsman who, on Sundays, publishes an analysis that is sometimes very critical.

To access the Internet version of Folha, you have to pay. Subscribers can find all of the daily’s content, with very easy consultation of the archives, especially when searching from a specific date. One can, however, also go to the portal of Folha (www.folha.com.br) and read several reports that can be found on the paper version.

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