Women carry signs that read “Anti-fascism, Haddad yes,” during a “Women Against Bolsonaro” protest in Brasilia.
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When the political ads come on TV in the Higa household these days, everyone wishes to be somewhere else. Eike Higa is gay and plans to vote for the left-wing candidate, Fernando Haddad, in Brazil's upcoming presidential runoff.But his parents might vote for Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right congressman who has made comments offensive to gay people.Across Brazil, a particularly polarizing election has divided families and friends and left some wondering if the rift will permanently change the political and cultural landscape of Latin America's largest country.Brazil's media behemoth Globo took on the subject of families and friends who fight over politics in chat groups on the ubiquitous messaging service WhatsApp.For decades, Brazilian presidential elections were largely a contest between the center-right and center-left parties.There, too, many on the left cried foul, arguing that the judicial system seemed much more eager to pursue charges against Workers' Party politicians than others.Many people, including some in the Higa household, feel trapped by the choices.Eike's mother, Simone, said she voted for a conservative candidate who got few votes in the first round, and she's determined to keep the Workers' Party from power.She declined to put the Associated Press in contact with him.But the divisions in her family are not limited to that conflict.
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