What would be the social and political tensions Brasil would face twenty-something years from now, should a highly conservative and neoliberal coalition rule the country?
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October 2018 – “Alliance for the Benefit of Brazil” gains majority in Congress and elects Carlos Azevedo as president. ALBB is a coalition among five conservative and neo-pentecostal parties, and aims to shift the political direction of the country.
April 2019 – Congress archives “PL5120”, thereby shutting down further debates on LGBT civil marriage rights in the country.
July 2020 – Congress passes the “Statute of the Unborn” bill, which criminalizes abortion for good.
December 2022 – Senate votes bill for turning church attendance a mandatory prerequisite for financial Social Assistance Programs. Bill fails.
January 2023 – Religious association “PMs de Cristo” [Christian Military Policemen and women] becomes an autonomous entity within the Military Police. From here on, their crimes are to be judged internally. Specialists believe in an upcoming decrease in police violence.
March 2027 – After years of political resistance, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) is acquired by conglomerate “EDUCC”, in a protest-laden and turmoiled public auction. UFRJ was the last public University in the country.
March 2027 – Strong police repression silences the claims against UFRJ’s privatization. The auction had to be interrupted three times before Riot Control Police intervened. Now 95% of the higher education is owned by three major conglomerates: EDUCC, META Brasil and UNIPRO.
June 2032 – 21-year old man is bludgeoned to death in Brasília. Self-proclaimed vigilante group “Castos” publicly assumes killing the victim. The murdered man belonged to Genetic Risk Group “C-3” [“undesirable traits”].
February 2033 – New IDs containing individual “Genetic Risk Group” status start to be rolled out throughout the country. Old IDs are to become invalid in the next 12 months.
November 2035 – After seven days of turmoil, protesting immigrants are scurried away by violent police action. In a coordinated action in three major cities, non-official accounts now tell of 25 “casualties” and 170 people arrested. Three out of the five torched buildings risk collapsing at any moment. Activist groups demand for an independent investigation. This event is named by the media as “Seven Days Slaughter”.
December 2036 – Eight policemen involved in the “Seven Days Slaughter” of 2035 are found guilty of “demonic possession”. Roughly one year after the protests, the “Christian Policemen” determined maximum penalty for those involved with police violence. They are sentenced with spiritual cleansing sessions and voluntary work for the Church.
April 2037 – “Castos” storm a University campus and kill 33. The majority of their victims belonged to “genetic risk groups”, were immigrants and/or young women. Investigation follows.
July 2038 – ALBB is running for presidency again. Platforms include stronger military presence in the streets. “Castos” have for the first time openly declared their support. Opposition is strong in alternative Internet channels. Protests are scheduled for the upcoming weeks. The future is, once again, uncertain.
This timeline is part of the “Design in Times of Crisis” project.
This is a speculative fiction piece – even though most of the events here portrayed are more likely to happen than we would prefer.
Many thanks to Thayz Athayde, Viviane Sanchez and Helem Ribeiro.