A gay Brazilian politician said he would not return to the country after receiving death threats.
Jean Wyllys, one of the few openly gay congressmen in the country, told a newspaper that he had been powerless when his reputation had been destroyed. "
He said violence in Brazil has deteriorated since the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year.
Mr Bolsonaro has pledged to fight corruption and crime, but also made racist and homophobic statements.
However, in his opening address earlier this month, he promised to build a "society without discrimination or division." Wyllys' Left Party for Socialism and Freedom (PSOL) said he would be in Congress by David Miranda, a member of the City Council of Rio de Janeiro, who is also gay and with the Pulitzer Prize winning US Journalist Glenn Greenwald is married.
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People pushed him into the street newspaper despite the presence of his bodyguards, he said, and he was tired of being under protection since the murder of Marielle Franco, another PSOL member.
She was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro last March.
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"It was not Bolsonaro's choice, the extent of violence has increased since his election," he said.
In a tweet he said: " Conservation endangered life is also a strategy to fight for better days."  Wyllys, who after winning the Brazilian version of the reality TV show Big Brother became famous, saying that he had decided to move abroad after Mr. Bolsonaro's son Flavio had employed a former police officer who was suspected of involvement in Ms. Franco's death.
He is currently traveling in Europe, telling Folha that his intention was to find a place to study for a doctorate.
"I think this political violence in our country is over now, maybe I'll come back to it in the future, there are so many other ways to fight for the cause that are not institutional," he said.