Antifascist Fan Clubs Multiply in Brazilian Soccer Stands

Since President Jair Bolsonaro gained a foothold in politics, several groups have been created by leftist soccer fans with the aim of curbing fascism inside and outside stadiums.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since the emergence of the first anti-fascist political organizations, dating from the period when Benito Mussolini was elected Prime Minister of Italy in 1922, fascism and political positioning to combat extreme right-wing ideals go hand-in-hand.

In soccer, Corinthian democracy flourished when it called for more rights in times of dictatorship, in the same decade that English labor unions formed part of hooliganism as a way of contesting the authoritarian measures adopted by ruler Margaret Thatcher.

It was expected that the rise and election of Jair Bolsonaro, a politician of ultra-right speech . . .

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