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Haddad: Bolsonaro will bring Philippine-style vigilantism to Brazil

Sao Paulo, Oct 15 (efe-epa).- Center-left presidential candidate Fernando Haddad warned Monday that if rightist opponent Jair Bolsonaro wins the Oct. 28 runoff, he will give legal status to the militias that terrorize many urban areas in Brazil under the guise of fighting crime.

 Brazilian Workers Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad speaks about at a campaign event in Sao Paulo on Oct. 15, 2018.  EFE-EPA/Sebastião Moreira

Brazilian Workers Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad speaks about at a campaign event in Sao Paulo on Oct. 15, 2018. EFE-EPA/Sebastião Moreira

Sao Paulo, Oct 15 (efe-epa).- Center-left presidential candidate Fernando Haddad warned Monday that if rightist opponent Jair Bolsonaro wins the Oct. 28 runoff, he will give legal status to the militias that terrorize many urban areas in Brazil under the guise of fighting crime.

Haddad said that Bolsonaro's plan to regularize militias would create a situation like that in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte.

"Imagine Brazil becoming a country of militias like is happening today in the Philippines, for example? There's a war going on there," Haddad said in an interview with Bahia's Radio Metropole.

The Workers Party (PT) candidate said that in the Philippines "the state has left the scene," causing "violence to explode."

"That is the model that my opponent proposes for Brazil and it's not going to work," said Haddad without mentioning Bolsonaro by name.

The PT standard-bearer, who stepped in after imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was barred from the contest, said that the answer to the violence that led to nearly 60,000 homicides in 2016 is not "more violence."

Haddad, who obtained 29 percent of the votes in the first round of the election held on Oct. 7, compared to 46 percent for Bolsonaro, says that the Federal Police should create a new unit to assist state police forces in the battle against organized crime.

"Violence is not going to get us anywhere. The lack of democracy, intolerance of blacks, of women, of Catholics, that's not going to get us anywhere," Haddad emphasized, alluding to Bolsonaro, who has a long history of making macho, racist and homophobic statements and has expressed nostalgia for the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

On the other hand, Haddad said he remains confident that in the next two weeks he will be able to overcome Bolsonaro's 58 percent-42 percent advantage in the voter surveys.

"We're going to gather all the democratic forces to defeat what - in my opinion - could be the biggest reversal in the country's history," he added, referring to the support he has received from almost all parties of the center-left and left vis-a-vis the run-off.

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