Portuguese emigrant organizes prayers for the recovery of Bolsonaro

Sandra Jorge

Sandra Jorge

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The Portuguese woman who has a company in the food sector and lives in Rio de Janeiro has detailed that this is a daily routine that goes on into the night until two o'clock in the morning, and started from the moment she read, and identified herself with the candidate's proposals.

Sandra Jorge, a Portuguese businesswoman living in Brazil for six years, spends much of the day campaigning for Jair Bolsonaro on social networks, which includes prayer periods for the presidential candidate's recovery.

To the agency Lusa, the Portuguese woman who has a company in the food sector and lives in Rio de Janeiro, has detailed that this is a daily routine that goes on into the night until two o'clock in the morning, and started when she read, and identified herself, with the political proposals of the candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL, far-right) to the Brazilian presidential elections.

"It's a very beautiful union. We set schedules to pray for Bolsonaro's health recovery... I know a lot of people who do it and we do it from the heart because we really are confident and we believe in change," said Sandra.

"Whenever I have a little time, I go to the (Facebook) groups and posts, and I put the hastags 'yes', 'B17', 'Bolsonaro17', 'I came for free', 'I'm free' and I can guarantee that no one is paid to do this," she added.

Present in eight support groups to Jair Bolsonaro, on the Facebook platform, Sandra said that there are millions of users present in these virtual communities.

"The unity that exists in the group, the call to peace and love, is impressive. I can tell you that there are people who entered our groups as infiltrators and then apologize, saying that they belonged to the other side (supporters of Fernando Haddad) but who identify more with this group, because here they preach peace and love and on the other side hate is preached," she said.

Sandra said that she thought of leaving Brazil, as many other Portuguese have done, due to the high crime rate that the country faces, but the entry of Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential race has led her to ponder and believe in a better future for the Brazil.

With two small, school-aged children, the Portuguese emigrant assures her that every day is a challenge to maintain the security and physical integrity of her family, and that everything has worsened after the end of the Olympic games held in 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

"I live in a neighborhood in the southern zone, supposed to be a privileged and more protected zone, but with the end of the Olympics things got much worse. There are many shootings in the communities, at any time of the day or night, and I am very afraid of walking in the street," she told Lusa.

Sandra, 43, has witnessed several episodes of crime on the streets, such as when she was approached in a taxi, which made her refocus every time she left home.

"It's painful, it's sad because there are many things we could do here in Rio. There are green spaces, open spaces, where we could walk and enjoy life here, because we have a great weather, but before leaving home we must always think about the danger that we will run. We have to consider whether it is worth going, and we end up living prisoners at home," she said.

For Sandra, all these problems that Brazil is going through are due to several years of political corruption, the money being diverted to the benefit of some people, when it should have been invested in areas such as security, health and education.

The Portuguese believes that Bolsonaro is the candidate capable of facing all the problems that the country is going through.

"He is a correct person, he has a 'clean record', they have already investigated his life all the way to his mother's belly, and what they point out to him, the things that they accuse him, are absolutely banal and uninteresting," Sandra said.

When questioned about the recent allegation that Jair Bolsonaro is targeted by alleged corporate funding of supporters for the distribution of defamatory content against the Workers' Party (PT) in the social network "WhatsApp," Sandra Jorge says she does not believe such accusations.

"The intriguing thing here is that Haddad, and his campaign, do not believe people will do it for free, because they always paid for it," she said.

Sandra Jorge believes that the support of millions of people to Bolsonaro scattered through the various social networks was due, in large part, to the attack that the candidate suffered on September 6th, during a campaign in Juiz de Fora, where he was stabbed.

It is for this support that she is "very optimistic" in Bolsonaro's victory in the second round of Brazilian presidential elections, on October 28th.

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