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Brazil: online xenophobia targeting north-easterners

Lirabellaqua, from blogging collective Trezentos [pt], and political blogger Rodrigo Vianna [pt] weigh in on the recent slew of online hate speech [pt] that has targeted north-eastern Brazilians who voted for president-elect Dilma Rousseff. Supporters of Dilma's opponent, Jose Serra, spread tweets condemning voters in the impoverished region, where Dilma won a landslide victory, claiming they are “uncivilised” and take advantage of welfare programmes such as the Bolsa Família to survive. In response, the hashtag #orgulhodesernodestino (proud to be north-eastern) has begun trending on Twitter.

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