#elenão – our impression of a powerful movement

During our trip in Rio, we were walking past the domestic airport as we suddenly found ourselves witnessing a convoy of heavily armed military police surrounded by supporters leaving the airport.

As we found out later this was Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing presidential front-runner. As we knew quite little about the political situation in Brazil we were shocked when googling him.

His comments are very racist, homophobic and misogynistic. No wonder he so unpopular with the majority of women and young people.

Stunned by the situation we made our way further through the city as we crossed thousands of #elenão protesters making their way through the streets of Rio.

Ele Não, in English not him, is a movement against Bolsonaro led by thousands of women across Brazil. These protests were attended by people across the political spectrum.

Some stars like Dua Lipa, Madonna and Cher have spoken out their support for the movement.

We have been left stunned by the amount of young people that have joined the marches and movement. It is good to see young people fighting for their future being interested in shaping future politics. Something we will never forget.

These are the moments that makes a trip memorable….

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