During his show “Us + Them” in Curitiba, Brazil on Saturday, Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters urged people not to cast their vote for the right-wing candidate from the Social Liberal Party, Jair Bolsonaro, despite a risk of being arrested for breaching election laws.
Just when it seemed that Rogers had taken the warning to heart and the show had gone off smoothly, the stage went dark, with a message in Portuguese appearing on the screen just two minutes before the deadline.
“They told us we cannot talk about the election after ten o’clock. We have 30 seconds. This is our last chance to resist fascism before Sunday. Not him,” it read, and was greeted with a chorus of boos and cheers.
“We have 30 seconds.— kaique haddad (@hxndong) 28 октября 2018 г.
This is our last chance to resist against fascism before Sunday.
It’s 10:00 pm.
Obey the law!”
roger waters… you’re THE man. pic.twitter.com/20TQ1AOwUY
Once the clock struck 10, the message continued: “It’s ten o’clock. Obey the law.”
Prior to the concert, Bolsonaro tweeted that "any person in the national territory, even if he's not a Brazilian citizen, has inalienable rights as a human being, as well as having a duty to obey the laws of Brazil."
Todo cidadão, para gozar de seus plenos direitos, deve obedecer às leis e cumprir com seus deveres. Qualquer pessoa no território nacional, mesmo não sendo cidadã brasileira, tem direitos inalienáveis como ser humano, assim como tem o dever de obedecer as leis do Brasil.— Jair Bolsonaro 1️⃣7️⃣ (@jairbolsonaro) 27 октября 2018 г.
Bolsonaro is not the first politician, targeted by Rogers: he has on multiple occasions campaigned against US President Donald Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and National Rally's Marine Le Pen.
Bolsonaro's platform promotes loosening gun control, bringing back the death penalty and cracking down on urban criminality and drug trafficking, which many supporters see as a change they need to stop the “lawlessness” in Brazil.
The right-wing candidate has also pledged to eliminate corruption in the country to “make Brazil great” in a Facebook live broadcast, which is one of the many reasons people suggest he’s been inspired by Trump.