Brazilian musician and political activist Caetano Veloso has published an op-ed in the New York Times about the possible breakdown of democracy his home country is facing. A two-time Grammy winner, Caetano rose to prominence through participating in the Tropicalismo artistic movement at the beginning of the military dictatorship that Brazil (the fourth-largest democracy in the world) operated under in the 1960s.
In the editorial, titled "Dark Times Are Coming for My Country," Caetano writes about the populist right-wing conservatism influencing Brazilian politics, and claims that Brazilians "can expect a wave of fear and hatred" if projected election winner Jair Bolsonaro becomes president. The election is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28.
"Like other countries around the world, Brazil is facing a threat from the far right, a storm of populist conservatism," Caetano says. "Our new political phenomenon, Jair Bolsonaro...is a former army captain who admires Donald Trump but seems more like Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ strongman. Mr. Bolsonaro champions the unrestricted sale of firearms, proposes a presumption of self-defense if a policeman kills a “suspect” and declares that a dead son is preferable to a gay one."