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Rio's largest favela residents reflect on vote

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSRio de Janeiro – 6 September 20221. Pan of Rocinha favelaHEADER: Rio's largest favela residents reflect on voteASSOCIATED PRESSRio de Janeiro – 27 September 20222. Various of residents in the streetsANNOTATION: As Brazil's Oct. 2 presidential elections approach, campaigns intensify on the streets of Rio de Janeiro's populous favelas.ANNOTATION: A quarter of Rio de Janeiro's inhabitants live in favelas, most of them impoverished people.3. Wide of campaign truck for Lula and other candidates4. Mid of woman sitting on the truck waving a campaign flag for LulaANNOTATION: In Rocinha, a sprawling hilltop settlement, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is the favorite candidate.SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Fernanda Gomes, mother of four, Lula supporter:"Bolsonaro did nothing for me, on the contrary, he made things more difficult for people of lower income, he didn't improve things. Even if people say Lula is a thief, in the times of Lula we could buy a better TV, the poor could buy a car and finance it. Education was a bit better, he gave some benefits. Bolsonaro only gives to those who already have (the rich)."ASSOCIATED PRESSRio de Janeiro – 27 September 20225. Various of Rocinha overpass with candidates flagsANNOTATION: President Jair Bolsonaro's frequent dismissal of the pandemic and his reticence on public health measures undermined some of his support.SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Antonio dos Santos, hairdresser working in Rocinha, former Bolsonaro supporter who will now be voting for Lula:"What angered me the most was when the pandemic happened, the guy (Bolsonaro), I don't know it seemed like he was taking it as joke. Children dying, women losing their husbands, men losing their wives, and he didn't care."6. Various of residents in the streetsANNOTATION: However, despite Bolsonaro's criticisms, some maintain their support for the current right-wing president.SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) William Oliveira, community leader, activist and Bolsonaro supporter:"Bolsonaro today, regardless of his weaknesses, defends the family, today it is a very important topic being debated in government and I really believe in the conservative values of family"7. Maria Luiza Alves, 71, Rocinha resident retired, sitting in a stallANNOTATION: Others have simply lost hope in both right-wing and left-wing candidates.SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria Luiza Alves, 71-year-old Rocinha resident:"I will not vote for anyone, I got disgusted with politics."8. Tilt up of road in RocinhaANNOTATION: Brazilian elections traditionally have high abstention rates among the poor.9. Close of man on rooftop with backdrop of favelaANNOTATION: Analysts believe it could lead to a run-off between da Silva and Bolsonaro if the leftist leader fails to get more than 50% of the vote on Sunday.STORYLINE:In Rio de Janeiro's largest favela, residents can't escape the loud political jingles playing on loop from trucks and cars passing by, or the infinite stream of pamphlets being handed out on the streets.And they have only intensified as the Oct. 2 presidential elections approach.In Rocinha, a sprawling hilltop favela where a large percentage of the population migrated from the poorer northeast of Brazil decades ago in search of work, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appears to be the favorite candidate."(Jair) Bolsonaro did nothing for me," said Fernanda Gomes, a mother of four who has fond memories of Lula's rule from 2003-2010."Even if people say Lula is a thief, in the times of Lula we could buy a better TV, the poor could buy a car and finance it. Education was a bit better," Gomes added.Now she struggles to make ends meet and put food on the table, she said.Like her, many here remember Lula's government as a time of economic prosperity, reduction of poverty and advances for the working class."For me Lula's government wasn't bad. For me it was great," said 55-year-old hairdresser Antonio dos Santos.Dos Santos once supported Bolsonaro and voted for him in the 2018 presidential elections in the hope that his government would be corruption-free.But Bolsonaro's frequent downplaying of the COVID-19 pandemic and resistance to public health measures angered him.That's why he won't be voting for the current president on Sunday."It seemed like he was taking (the pandemic) as joke," dos Santos said."Children dying, women losing their husbands, men losing their wives, and he didn't care."In this community of tens of thousands, there are Bolsonaro supporters but many of them are reluctant to admit it in front of their Lula-supporting neighbors.William Oliveira, a Rocinha community leader and activist is one of the few talking openly about it.Though he understands why many of his friends criticize Bolsonaro and agrees that the government of Lula brought good things for people like him, the president's conservative Christian values are more important right now."Regardless of his weaknesses he defends the family," William Oliveira said.Others have simply lost hope in both the right and left-wing candidates.One of them is 71-year-old Maria Luiza Alves who said she won't be voting in this year's elections because she no longer has faith in politics.Voting is mandatory in Brazil from 18 until 70 years of age.AP Video shot by Mario Lobao and Diarlei Rodrigues===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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