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Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro take part in a rally along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 21, 2018.CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in 15 states across Brazil in support of Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing front-runner in next week’s presidential runoff election.

Mr. Bolsonaro won the first round of voting Oct. 7 and opinion polls put him ahead of the leftist Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, in the Oct. 28 ballot.

In Rio de Janeiro, thousands marched along Copacabana Beach wearing yellow T-shirts of Brazil’s national soccer team, waving Brazilian flags and chanting: “Workers’ Party get out!”

“The people are fed up with so much robbery and with the division created by the left between whites and blacks, gays and heterosexuals,” said Bolsonaro-sympathizer Andre Amarol, a driver.

“We trust Bolsonaro because he is an honest family man,” Mr. Amarol added.

Mr. Bolsonaro, who has angered many Brazilians by praising the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship and making comments offensive to gays, women and blacks, got 46 per cent of the votes in the crowded presidential field in the Oct. 7 election, but he needed more than 50 per cent to avoid a runoff. Mr. Haddad finished second with 29 per cent to earn the other spot in the second round.

The pro-Bolsonaro rallies came a day after thousands took to the streets to protest his candidacy. They shouted “Not him,” which has become the rallying cry against the former army captain.

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