Nationalists at the far-south of the former Golden Circle have clashed with foreigners while protesting Brazil’s open-borders policy which has led to an influx of African and Arab immigrants in recent years. The Los Angeles Times reports:
Several Palestinian activists were arrested in downtown Sao Paulo on Tuesday night after clashing with members of a far-right group who were protesting a new immigration bill, according to police.
Four of the men were charged with assault, criminal association, causing an explosion and resisting arrest and as of Wednesday afternoon were awaiting custody hearings.
Protests over immigration and refugees are a rarity in Brazil, which has generally welcomed immigrants.
…Brazil is home to 1.5 million to 2 million immigrants, including as many as 600,000 in Sao Paulo. They come from nearly every nation.
Brazil has open-door policy when it comes to Syrian refugees. In 2013, it created a special humanitarian visa for those escaping the war there and as of last June issued 8,450 of them.
…Significant numbers of refugees also come from Angola, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Catholic charity Caritas, which provides services to them.
The anti-immigrant protest Tuesday was organized by two groups — the Free Brazil Movement and Right Sao Paulo — to urge Temer not to sign the bill.
Protesters appear in videos posted on social media calling Palestinians and other immigrants “lazy-ass communists” and saying “communists have to die” and “those rats hit women” while cheering on police officers breaking up fights and making arrests.
The Free Brazil Movement is a libertarian group which generally promotes more economic and press-related freedoms. Right Sao Paulo sounds far more nationalist. They have burned communist flags and demanded a military intervention to oust the Leftist, anti-White regime. In 1964 a Right-wing military government took power and only gave up control in 1985. The government is currently headed by Michel Temer, who is of Lebanese descent and with the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement.
Brazil is home to about 91 million White people who make up roughly 47% of the total population (by comparison Whites in Texas made up 45% of the population in 2010). Sao Paulo alone has about 30 million Whites, while the north of the country has a small White minority.